The Best Worst Movie Ever
This weekend The Disaster Artist was released in 19 theaters and grossed over $64k per venue. The Room was released 14 years ago in one theater that Tommy Wiseau rented out, and it grossed about $1800. Just like its creator, The Room’s budget remain’s only a half-solved mystery; it’s alleged that the film cost around six million to produce.
What’s not a mystery is why it became the cult hit that it is today. It’s literally so fucking bad that it’s magical. There’s so much heart in it that you can’t help but fall in love. It was inevitable that this terrible movie would one day have a movie made about how The Room got made. Very meta. Greg Sestero got the ball rolling after he wrote the novel, The Disaster Artist, on which the movie is based.
I watched The Room for the first time this Friday to prepare myself for The Disaster Artist (while I’m sure I would have enjoyed the movie without The Room, I wanted to be in on the joke.)
With the mystique that surrounds the film, it’s hard to sit down to watch it and not feel a bit giddy. You can’t believe this movie will be as bad as everyone says; however, don’t be confused, it lives up to the hype. Everything about The Room screams, “This is a joke right?” But it’s not at all. The acting is beyond stiff, and the script makes literally no sense. For instance, at one point a character is supposedly dying of cancer, but it’s never mentioned again. It’s kinda awesome. I hate/loved it for the first half until I finally couldn’t help but actually love it entirely.
Now, watching the film with a few friends is one way to see the movie, but it’s by no means the best. During midnight screenings, attendees bring plastic spoons to throw at the screen. This is because most of the framed photos that appear onscreen are of plastic spoons. Others bring plush footballs to toss around whenever the characters on screen do the same. It’s surprisingly often. The whole affair is raucous and insane.
Viewing The Disaster Artist is not as wild of an affair, but the movie still delivers. It adds so much depth to the characters that Tommy really comes to life. He’s such an asshole in so many ways, but not everyone is one thing. Tommy has his flaws, but you see past those to the core of Tommy, which is a broken man attempting to make a beautiful film about betrayal and friendship.
*If you haven’t seen either of these films yet, I seriously recommend you watch The Room before watching The Disaster Artist because it makes the viewing that much better.
So, story over. We finally have some insight into the worst movie ever made. We’ll always have The Room, and the wild midnight screenings to go with it. Tommy Wiseau will still go about his life visiting said screenings, and James Franco will definitely help perpetuate the popularity of the worst movie ever; but this story is told. What else is there?
A story of Best F(r)iends, that’s really all we’re left with. A supremely confusing, but sort of adorable relationship between Tommy Wiseau and the author of The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero. Despite the rift that grew between them while making such a terribly good movie, these two came back together and they still speak every day. Not only that, but they’re coming out with a new movie.
I sort of wish I was kidding, but I’m not.
Before I get into it, just watch the trailer for the upcoming Best F(r)iends because I need a second to gather myself…
What the hell did we just watch? I’m trying to make sense of it, but I don’t know if I can. This looks like a gigantic metaphor for their relationship, and it really makes me question if we need this movie at all?
If you don’t know the whole backstory to the Greg/Tommy relationship, educate yourself now so when this film drops you can be in on it. If you’re too lazy to do that, check out the episode of the podcast “How Did This Get Made” when they discuss The Room.
In short, Tommy rescued Greg from obscurity and a shitty acting class in San Francisco. He led him to Los Angeles, and really did make him a recognizable name. Sadly, not to the right people or for the right reasons. Greg resented Tommy for everything, and it tore them apart!
What I’m drawing from this trailer is: First, Tommy rescues Greg, again. He picks him up on the side of the road as Greg panhandles for money to take karate lessons.
Hold on… What the fuck? I already see a glaring issue with the movie here, but I’ll save that for later.
Next, Tommy devises this plan to make them rich. Pretty spot on to him dragging Greg into shooting The Room. Finally, all hell breaks loose and Tommy potentially dies, but definitely doesn’t. He wakes up bloody and beaten on the beach before he makes his final stand, and comes out the hero.
I have no idea if that’s what happens, but it’s the most basic guess I can make because this is going to be the most basic movie ever. Here’s why… lightning doesn’t strike twice.
The best thing about The Room is that Tommy seriously thought he was making a masterpiece. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in it. He was probably pulling from the troubles he’s faced in his own life as he attempted to make this heart-wrenching drama that ends in tragic suicide. We’ll never get the perfect storm that made this bad movie so good, again.
Why do other shitty films not become cult hits like the original did? Because they actually just suck. There’s no passion behind them, and they don’t star one of the weirdest, but most fascinating people ever, Tommy Wiseau. So, I guess that’s all Best F(r)iends has going for it, Tommy stars in the film.
I think one of the main reasons this film won’t land is because Greg penned the script. I don’t know Greg personally, but from everything I have gleaned from what’s out there, he kinda hated The Room as they were making it, and dreaded what it might become (those opinions might be different now). So, what can that mean for Best F(r)iends? Will he be going for something ultra serious? I know it’s billed as a comedy thriller, so I don’t mean ultra serious drama. I mean does he want it to be a real comedy film or does he foresee this becoming another cult hit because they’re attempting to make it so bad it’s good?
We’ll have what Tommy always wanted, a real Hollywood movie. Paul Scheer is set to act in the film alongside Tommy and Greg, while Daniel Platzman, the drummer for Imagine Dragons, scored the film. You’re missing the spontaneity and inexperience that made the original so fucking great.
I think the opening scene of the new trailer says it all. A sign asking for money because your family was kidnapped by ninjas is just trying too hard. It’s not funny because they want us to be laughing.
Nevertheless, I can’t wait for this movie to drop because, hell, it’s just crazy enough it might work, but I am not holding my breath.