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'The Disaster Artist' TIFF 2017 Review: Bromantic biopic proves two Francos are better than one

September 4, 2017Ben MK

There are bad movies, and then there are movies that are so bad they're good. And if it wasn't for Tommy Wiseau, The Room would certainly be classified as the former.

As it stands, however, the writer/director/star's eccentricities are the reason why, almost a decade and a half since its initial release, The Room has endured as a cult classic. And now — thanks to director James Franco and an all-star comedic cast that includes Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Alison Brie and Ari Graynor — moviegoers finally have a chance to see how the film came together. Not to mention, how it almost fell apart.

Starring Franco as Wiseau, alongside his brother, Dave, as Wiseau's best friend and co-star, Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist's look at The Room's behind-the-scenes bromance is expectedly hilarious. What's surprising, perhaps, is just how inspiring this unorthodox underdog story ends up being.

The Disaster Artist is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Midnight Madness programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 38 min.

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