Tommy Wiseau, USA, 2003, 99 min.
The Room is unique. On the surface its a bad film. A horrible film. Horrible direction, acting, script, etc. But its a film that intrigues, entertains and draws you in none-the-less. For those reasons, could it be considered a great film?
Written by, directed by, and starring Tommy Wiseau (a mysterious man of unknown descent), the film takes everything you know about bad films and turns it on its head. This is not bad in the traditional sense. Rise of the Scarecrows is a bad film in the traditional sense. Not this.
Wiseau seems to be on his own wavelength, and everything about the film is off. The character interaction, the dialog, the motivations, and the presentation of information are all off kilter. It’s as if an visitor to our world, who only absorbed a tentative grasp of the way humanity works, decided to make a melodrama.
The plot is unimportant for this review. It’s a simple story of a man whose fiance is cheating on him, but its complicated by random subplots and red herrings that may or may not be meaningful to everything else. Sure, its laughable, full of horrible but quotable lines, and leaves the audience flabbergasted with its ineptitude. But it’s meaningful to Tommy Wiseau. That is what makes the film unique. This is not supposed to be bad. Its heartfelt and completely serious.
Wiseau had a vision and you can tell he acheived it. Even if he had to change his crew and his actors on several occasions. Even if people still go to midnight screenings to make fun of the film. Even if he didn’t know the difference between DV and 35mm and shot with both cameras simultaneously on the same tripod. He got what he wanted. You can feel it in The Room. It’s a work of art to Wiseau and you have to admire the film for that.