The Disaster Artist is a film based in 1998 in California, United States. The plot focuses on Greg Sestero ( Dave Franco ) a young man and aspiring actor who has high hopes for a future in the film industry.
When attending an acting class, he meets a man called Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), and together they embark on a unique, challenging and humor ridden quest to find success in Hollywood.
The plot of the film itself struck me as one with a large potential for success in the categories of comedy and drama. With plenty of engaging twists, compelling mysteries and an exciting, tense atmosphere as myself, along with audiences wondered what would happen next.
The cinematography was another strong point for this the Brandon Trost set the bar high as the Director of Photography for the film and rolled out some excellently executed scenes which matched their camera angles, lighting, cuts and background effects in perfect synchronicity. An example of this is the ‘You want to do a scene’ scene in which the point of view shot used by the cameraman allows the audience to become involved in the action of the movie itself.
Unfortunately, the Disaster Artist let itself down on one of the most crucial areas in modern film production: Casting. The main cast actually consisted of two brothers, Dave and James Franco ( the latter also directed the film,) and I believe that the close family bond between these two may have created a bias against other, more suitable actors, who may have wished to take the role of Greg or Tommy.
As it stands, James’ performance was a poor excuse for talented acting. The slurring, nasally voice which he adopts to become Tommy is clearly recognizable as an accent fabricated for a role and is hard to listen to without flinching. He is clearly not comfortable in his persona, and despite the character being inherently supposed to act strangely, he is unpleasantly odd. Having a character which is hard to listen to, and makes audiences feel uncomfortable is not the set up for a blockbuster movie.
Dave Franco fills his role as a hope-filled amateur actor, Greg slightly better, bringing essence and humanity to his character and giving life to the film. However, when imagining how someone like Greg may act should I bump into them in the real world, I failed to imagine Franco as the person whom the personality of Greg belongs to. This has led me to conclude that while Dave picked up the slack for his brother regarding bringing quality acting on the stage, his role would have been far better filled by someone whose outward appearance, voice, and movement matched the timid, unsure, yet optimistic Greg.
To conclude, the film delivered well regarding plot and cinematography, providing an enjoyable watching experience, complete with unpredictable situations, well-staged scenes, and excellent editing and refining.
However, I do believe that the movie fell short on casting with both James and Dave Franco performing in roles much better suited to other actors. In my opinion, James Franco would have managed a lot more successfully had he exclusively directed the film, leaving the casting to actors outside of his own family who could audition for the role for the casting crew to be able to make the most suitable selection.
So, The Disaster Artist: A brilliant idea, let down by simple, yet crucial details in production.