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Disaster Artist First Reactions: James Franco Has a Winner

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The Disaster Artist’s first reactions are in, and it’s looking like James Franco has a winner on his hands. The film, if you’re unfamiliar, charts the making of The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s notoriously naff film that picked up cult classic status and became utterly legendary in many a college dorm.

The Disaster Artist has been a fun production to watch from the sidelines, with reports of James Franco – who directed the film, as well as starring in it – continuing his impressive Wiseau impression between takes. Videos from the set have shown that Franco’s take on Wiseau’s iconic accent is strangely perfect. The Disaster Artist trailer also earned a fair bit of buzz. With any luck, then, this movie will be just as funny and quotable as the one it’s based on.

The film has now screened at Toronto International Film Festival, and numerous critics – who were lucky enough to see the film early – have shared their thoughts via Twitter. And, as you’ll read shortly, they seem to have lots of complimentary things to say about the movie. Indeed, it sounds like James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen have cooked up something highly enjoyable. The critics certainly aren't tearing it apart:

James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST is the funniest film of the year, but it only works because it has heart. Industry audiences will LOVE it

— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) September 12, 2017

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sweet mother of mercy THE DISASTER ARTIST is a gift. #tiff17

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 12, 2017

Crazy clapping standing ovation for #thedisasterartist at #tiff17 pic.twitter.com/wY3bwnGseM

— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) September 12, 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST is a riot. Somehow a movie about the making of a terrible movie is the best movie James Franco has ever directed #TIFF17

— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) September 12, 2017

Have never seen an entire audience stand during a Q&A before. Wiseau was pushing for Johnny Depp to play him... pic.twitter.com/lirUSbwqek

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— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) September 12, 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST is ... great #TIFF17

— Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) September 12, 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST is the most fun you'll have at the movies this year. Promise. Go see it w/ a group of friends! #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/Au0dcCruF0

— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) September 12, 2017

I am deeply in love with #TheDisasterArtist. James Franco is perfect as Tommy. My face hurts from smiling.

— Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) September 12, 2017

Those are some highly impressive responses. It seems like The Disaster Artist utterly won over this room of hardened critics, earning a standing ovation that even endured through a post-film Q&A session. That’s incredibly rare, and a bit odd, which seems quite fitting for a film based on The Room. Wiseau himself has the film already, too, and apparently, he approves of it“99.9 percent”.

Franco and his cohorts will be delighted with this initial critical reaction; it will surely lead to glowing Disaster Artist reviews, which could well help the film find an audience outside of hardcore Wiseau acolytes. Indeed, that will be the biggest struggle this film faces at the box office: can positive reviews and word-of-mouth elevate the film from the cult arena to something more like wide appeal? Time will tell, but notices like this will surely help.

However, you could argue that this film doesn’t need good reviews or big box office bucks. It was clearly made with Wiseau and The Room’s ever-growing fan base in mind, and as long as they are happy, that’s surely mission accomplished for Franco and friends.

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Alongside the brothers Franco and their pal Seth Rogen, The Disaster Artist features Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron, Kristen Bell, Melanie Griffith, Adam Scott, Josh Hutcherson, and Sharon Stone. Wiseau has a role in it, too. With a cast like that, and reactions like this, Franco's film is putting a very strong foot forward.

MORE: Watch The Disaster Artist Trailer

Source: Various (see tweets)

Key Release Dates
  • The Disaster Artist (2017) release date: Dec 08, 2017
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