Oh, Hi Mark! It’s the Trailer for The Disaster Artist!
Some movies are so good, they’re good. Some movies are so bad, they’re bad. Some movies are so bad, they’re good. And then there’s The Room, a film so stunningly off-key in every possible way that it’s hard to know what the heck to make of it. Is it a comedy? Is it a tragedy? Does anyone even know anymore? What the heck was anybody THINKING when they actually made it?
The Room has developed such an enthusiastic cult that it was only a matter of time before somebody actually tried to make a genuinely good movie about it. That someone is James Franco, who directs and stars in The Disaster Artist, based on the tell-all book by Greg Sistero and Tom Bissell. The book describes the bizarre process by which auteur Tommy Wiseau produced a film about a man betrayed by the woman he loves, who also finds time to play football in a tuxedo.
The Disaster Artist premiered to rave reviews at SXSW 2017. The rest of us have to wait until December 8, 2017 to see it, but the first trailer premiered today and it’s just plain endearing as hell. The preview focuses entirely on the most iconic and bizarre line of dialogue in the movie, and the absurd number of takes it took to get it “right,” and in just 90 short seconds you might just find yourself wrapped up in The Room‘s spell, and understanding how such a strange production came to mean so much to so many people.
Or maybe you’ll think it looks like a movie about a really, really bad movie. And that’s fine too. Take a gander!
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.