A Passionate Disaster
Yes, The Disaster Artist had a fantastic performance by James Franco, but what really made it work was the message of the movie.
The opening of The Disaster Artist was a whose who of celebrities praising a film. This film was made by an artistic director hell-bent on realizing his vision despite a minuscule budget, it is known to have shocked the cinematic world, and it is known to be getting a increasing following despite its humble origins. The film that was praised was The Room and it is known to be one of the worst movies of all time. The Disaster Artist was about the making of The Room, and many critics have cited it as one of the best movies of 2017.
Here at 4Thought Studios, The Room has become a permanent inside joke to our corporate culture. If you ever were to check our Slack company channel you would find a board that is permeated with jokes about The Room, along with frequent references from our Slackbot. Furthermore, we also do company screenings of The Room and even dedicated another blog article related to it. So, when we found out that there was to be a movie about the making of The Room we had to go see it. The result was the same for all co-workers across the board (whether they liked The Room or not), The Disaster Artist is a really good movie.
Honestly, there is a lot to say about it (especially about James Franco’s performance) that deserves to be said in another article, but what really needs to be talked about is the ultimate heart of the movie. The heart is the idea that the perseverance of dreams is never fully wasted, and that perhaps that perseverance could take someone in a different direction than initially thought. In The Disaster Artist’s case, Tommy Wiseau wanted to be a famous dramatic actor despite clearly lacking the minimum ability to make it, and despite others telling him that he had absolutely no shot. There is a lot to say about this, especially in our own daily lives. Many of us have dreams that are often shot down by others, and many of us usually lack the initial ability to accomplish said dream. Many people tend to give up because of that, but Tommy didn’t.
In Tommy’s mind, if others didn’t want to help him fulfill his dreams then he would fulfill it himself. So, he wrote and directed and starred in his own movie, and it was an utter disaster… a disaster that paid off immensely. There is a touching scene toward the end of the movie where Greg (played by Dave Franco) tells a crying Tommy that he made a movie and asks him how many people actually did that. Although Tommy laughs it off, it is a strong point. I am sure that millions of people have dreamed about making a movie, or an app, or a book, or music, or a business, or anything, and have turned their backs on it because they felt it wasn’t practical. But in the case of Tommy Wiseau, that practicality didn’t matter, and no matter how misguided his efforts were he made something and that was a lot better than giving up on his dreams.
Yes, The Room is a horrible movie, but it is also a movie. And having a horrible movie is a lot better than having nothing at all. What makes The Room so great isn’t just the fact that it is hilarious, or the fact that it is “so bad it’s good”, it’s the fact that The Room was clearly made with passion. This rings true to us here at 4Thought because the app we are developing is daunting. However, unlike Tommy Wiseau, we are up to the task, but that doesn’t mean that there is no uncertainty of Epochly’s success. Regardless, even though we laugh a lot about Tommy Wiseau’s antics, there is a lot that we learn from him. Perhaps if everyone put the same heart and soul into something like Tommy did, the world would be a better place to live.
A brief look at why audiences love The Room and Tommy Wiseau’s marketing strategy.medium.com