Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Book Review: The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

The Room. Not everyone has seen it, but many have probably heard of it. A 2003 independent film directed, produced, and written lead actor Tommy Wiseau, The Room’s story concerns a love triangle between three friends. Johnny (Wiseau) is a kindly, middle-aged banker engaged to the untrustworthy Lisa (Juliette Danielle). Out of boredom, Lisa decides to ensnare their misguided friend, Mark (Greg Sestero), in a passionate affair in a move that will destroy their circle of friends. Meant to be taken as a heart-wrenching drama on par with Shakespeare’s tragedies, the film’s bad acting, bewildering script, and atrocious dialogue was met with howls of laughter worldwide. Although a flop at the box office, it developed an impressive cult following, and ultimately led to Sestero’s decision to write a memoir of his experiences. Hilarious, and at times, surprisingly sad, The Disaster Artist is a wildly entertaining memoir that will definitely appeal to fans of The Room.

Liz Winn
Microforms/Government Documents
Central Library

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