★★★★☆

Greg (Dave Franco) is struggling his way through acting school. He’s impressed by his fellow student Tommy’s (James Franco) fearless, unorthodox approach to performing, and after a series of knockbacks, the pair decide to collaborate on a project that will go down in infamy as one of the greatest bad films ever made.

Based on Greg Sestero’s 2013 book, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is a hilarious retelling of the making of The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s notoriously awful magnum opus. While a familiarity with Wiseau’s film certainly enhances the experience, it’s certainly not necessary, and Franco’s aim is broader and richer than a simple spoof of a terrible movie. Crucially, The Disaster Artist is not about laughing at The Room, but rather, revelling in its baffling eccentricities while delving into the film and it creator’s otherworldly appeal.

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