By: Oberst von Berauscht (Six Pack) –
In 2003, Producer/Director Tommy Wiseau created The Room, which changed the way we looked at movies.
Johnny is a computer programmer, or a banker… or well… the movie doesn’t seem to want to explain, but anyway, he works.When Johnny is turned down for a promotion, his fiancé Lisa starts to eye other options, like Johnny’s close friend Mark.What follows is a tragic love triangle between the three that was certain to destroy my ability to give a shit.
Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau’s greatest challenge to overcome in the creation of this film surely must have been juggling the duties of actor and director.In this regard, he succeeds with equal measure.I can safely say that he certainly is as good an actor as he is a director…
In one scene he sees Lisa and Johnny in bed embracing, only to jump in with them.Here he initiates a scene that might have come off as cute and even funny if he was a young child.That said, it is clear to me that Denny’s character was written as a ten year old, and to the young actor’s detriment, was also played like he was a ten year old.This turns an otherwise endearing character into a creepy demon child.
The editing speaks for itself:
This is actually a positive criticism, because the film features multiple extended sex scenes that while photographed and performed with all the talent of a Cinemax reject, are just long enough to allow you to get to the fridge for another beer.Director Wiseau should probably take some anatomy classes though, because I’m pretty sure that’s her belly button…
What can be said for the various performances in this film that hasn’t already been said about Diphtheria?But while the disease is spread through contact to fecal matter when living in unsanitary conditions, The Room romances you in with its “so bad it’s good” appeal.As a result it takes awhile to realize that it is force-feeding you liquid shit.
Method Acting, no doubt…
Tommy Wiseau is a genius.He was given everything a filmmaker could ask for, total creative control, unrestricted access to his apartment, tens of seconds of stock footage, and an award eligible score from famous composer Casio™ demo mode.Rounding out the six-pack is Tommy Wiseau, the entrepreneur.In the years after the film’s release, a following has developed on little more than the infamy of internet fame.
Wiseau makes it a fixture at conventions, and holds sold-out screenings and Q&A sessions, all along insisting that the film is intended as a work of satire (fooling no one).Wiseau has proven the movie The Producers correct, in that an artist can make as much money off a flop as a success.Due in no small part to the film’s cult status, it is evident that the film’s success will be an enduring one.
I did not like it, I did not like it, I did noooooot
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: whenever a character says “Hi” to another
Down a Shot: for every sex scene
Take a Drink: anytime stock footage of San Francisco is used