The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist ★★★½

Let it be known that I had a smile on my face for the entirety of this film. Franco gives off a contagious energy as both actor and director, and it’s a valiant effort. The Disaster Artist is a great movie, one that benefits greatly from its classic source material but suffers because of its own shortcomings. 
James Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau is most likely the performance of 2017. It’s a magnificent capturing of one of cinema’s most enigmatic people. From the first scene with him, you realize how dedicated Franco is to faithfully portraying Wiseau as a human being. 
The narrative works surprisingly well, with only two acts and an epilogue, but it was all the way entertaining. The cameos by people like Hannibal Buress and Judd Apatow work incredibly well when scattered throughout and given purpose. 
When it’s all said and done, The Disaster Artist is exactly what I expected it to be: a great time. But there’s a little bit that I didn’t expect - the epilogue, of Greg and Tommy being applauded by the audience. That’s what this film is about - successes and failures, how both can be one.

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