Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003) Review

I noticed that I haven't done a bad film in a while...THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT! It's just painful to sit through some films like the previously reviewed Birdemic: Shock and Terror which make me question if people actually go out of their way to make bad films. With what I just said in mind, you can guess how I feel about this film that was directed by Tommy Wisaeu...and produced...and written...and stars. Can Wisaeu do all this and make a good film? Probably not but let's find out anyway!

Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is a happy-go-lucky banker who loves his friends and family and wouldn't have his life any other way. That is until his wife-to-be Lisa (Juliette Danielle) begins to cheat on Johnny with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). Slowly, Johnny's life gets worse and worse as the truth behind his friends begins to show itself and trust is broken. Rumours begin to fly around as Johnny tries to get his girlfriend back and set things right.

Can someone please tell where the hell Tommy Wiseau is from. Either his accent stops him from being a good actor or he is the crappiest actor of all time. His 'acting style' is almost iconic and leads to some quotable lines ("YOU'RE TEARING ME APART, LISA!") but from a processional point of view...he's pretty damn terrible. It's truly something to behold. I find it hilarious that he's still around with an online show called 'The Tommy Wi-show'...oh dear God...

Yeah, we all know Tommy Wisaeu's majestic acting but what about the actual film? Oh, it's crap. Very very crap. All the actors are so, so wooden and the dialogue is cringe-worthy. I will admit that the ending is satisfying  but considering how bad everything is, I'm not sure if that's saying much...I'll give it half a point for that. The editing is also atrocious, especially in the flower shop scene. There's also one moment where the film sort of stops for a bit to take a break from a scene. Don't know why.

The Room is, as you'd expect, a terrible film. The acting is horrendously bad, the narrative is boring and un-inventive (although the ending is satisfying) and it's very hard to take this film seriously. It's strange, but Tommy Wiseau's acting is great to watch and is the best thing about the film. Is that a good or a bad thing? I guess that's based on perspective. Normally I wouldn't recommend a bad film but this is an exception. You have to witness least witness Wiseau's acting.

I have no idea what to say. This is a the same sense that a cow sliced in half is considered art.

Here's a nice compliation of Tommy Wiseau's....'acting' (contains you could care any less).

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