Tom Reviews: The Room

The Room Review

0/5 … But also 5/5


Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she grows bored of him and seduces Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

“I did not hit her, its bulls**t, I did not hit her, I DID NOT! Oh, hi Mark.”

I can confirm that The Room is definitely a film. Often labelled as a cult classic, The Room’s enigmatic writer, director, and main star, Tommy Wiseau stands firmly by it. The film explores a love triangle between Johnny (Wiseau), Mark (Greg Sestero), and Johnny’s lover, Lisa (Juliette Danielle). Johnny devotes all of his time and energy into making Lisa happy, but it’s still not enough. Lisa finds comfort in the arms of Johnny’s best friend, Mark, and the two spark an affair. Lisa begins to stir up trouble, accusing Johnny of hitting her to which Johnny is adamant he “did not.” I’ll be honest, the film gets really difficult to follow and I’m still not certain which random plot elements are relevant to the rest of the story.

Tommy Wiseau hails from Poland, has an unknown middle life, and ended up in the USA shooting this film with a $6 million budget. Actor Greg Sestero authored a book, The Disaster Artist, after working on this film. The book delves into his friendship with Wiseau, covering his peculiarities and the insistence on building unnecessary sets for filming. Later, actor and director James Franco adapted Sestero’s book into a feature-length film.

The reason I have given this film two very extreme ratings is because the concept of the piece changes based on how you view it. Some describe it by saying, “if it was just a tiny bit better it would be completely unwatchable.” If you take The Room as what it’s trying to be, a tricky drama centered around love, then it’s terrible. The acting is dire, the dialogue is robotic, and for the first twenty minutes, it’s like watching an adult film. There are dozens of plot holes and even more plot lines that go nowhere.

However, if you view this film as a comedy that mocks dramas, it almost becomes genius. While I absolutely do not want to watch this film again, I can see the reason so many adore it. It is loved for no other reason than the fact it’s so terrible, watching it actually becomes hilarious fun. I’d recommend watching this with a few friends and lots of alcoholic drinks. Prepare yourself for laughs and please… Do not take it seriously. It’s the modern art of films and it really is the best worst film of all time.

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