In the midst of me trying to catch up with movies I’ve missed this year, I almost forgot I saw this. That does not say anything about the quality of the movie, I just forgot lol. But just a little background, I have actually never seen The Room as a movie. I have seen many parts of it due to reviews on YouTube (Chris Stuckmann, Nostalgia Critic) and things like “Everything Wrong With” or “Honest Trailers” so from what I have seen, it is a terrible movie but I get such a kick out of what I watch, that I keep telling myself that I will actually watch it. I still haven’t done it but now that I’ve seen The Disaster Artist, I definitely have to watch The Room.
Summary: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Cast and Characters. There are a lot of supporting characters in this film, but I’m not going to touch on them because in the scheme of things, they don’t really matter. Everyone is good for their part but the heart of the film lies in the brother act.
Dave Franco as Greg Sestero. Greg wants to be an actor, I believe he’s 19 at the start, and he has big dreams of going to Hollywood and making his mark. He meets Tommy in his acting class and he immediately tries to befriend him because Tommy just seems to do his own thing and Greg wants to be able to do that. They end up moving to LA together and both try to land gigs. At first, it seems that with his youthful appearance and good looks that Greg is doing pretty well, but just like real life, it’s hard out there and he’s losing his confidence. He eventually agrees to work with Tommy on the movie that Tommy will create, thinking it’ll be huge. However, while Tommy seems oblivious to the silliness of his creation, Greg knows things are amiss but his loyalty to his friend keeps him from really saying or doing anything about it. Greg is an interesting person. He seems like a go with the flow kind of person, while making attempts at making a stand, but he backs down a lot. He seems to genuinely be a pretty good actor. I love Dave Franco, I love him lol and I thought he did well. It’s kind of funny because he’s super short compared to the real Greg Sestero who is super tall but he just has this earnestness about him.
James Franco as Tommy Wiseau. Tommy is an interesting person. He seems like he doesn’t care at all what people think about him, though it’s clear to tell that he does care in some aspects. He wants to be pretty much everything in Hollywood, but honestly, he’s just not that good at it, and no one really seems to have the heart to tell him that to his face. They all just kind of look at him weird. Nothing is known about him though. It’s funny how often people ask him where he’s from, or how old he is and he’s always like “New Orleans” or that he’s Greg’s age and it’s like “Nah, you are so not”. He has a harder time at auditioning, and he gets a little jealous of Greg who seems to be doing a little better with life in general. He also has some possessive qualities. I could go on and on, but James Franco is fantastic. He is so much like Tommy Wiseau that it’s kind of creepy. His performance is not only spot on, but he’s having fun with it. The way he stands, the way he looks at people or things, the accent, the way he talks, he just does it all so well. It’s amazing.