Rating: R, Time: 1hr 39min, Director: Tommy Wisseau, Cast on IMDb
So why is this the best worst movie?
So from a technical standpoint there are major glaring issues: subplots that go nowhere, holes in the plot, reused sex scene filmage, timing issues, focus issues, awkward screen transitions, missing music in some scenes, unnatural dialogue and odd cast. The main character is Johnny played by Tommy Wisseau, who directs, finances, produces, edits and stars in the film. In many films, its a case of too many cooks in the soup leading to safe plot, safe music scores, etc. which leads to a boring, but safe to sell product. This movie is the opposite; literally everyone in the movie is new to acting, new to editing, new to music scoring, new to dialogue writing, etc. which leads to perverse choices made during the making of the movie. Tommy financed the whole film of $6 million dollars that looks like about a $6 movie in the end. But enough of the technical "errors".
The reason why its the greatest worst movie is it is accidentally funny for ever changing reasons. The dialogue is amiss with Johnny always greeting everyone, "Oh hi": oh hi Mark, oh hi doggie, etc., which just shows how badly the dialogue was written. Even after the banker gets really angry, he says "oh hi Mark", which makes no sense in the scene, but causes the audience to die of laughter. In another scene, the illicit lovers are discussing how the music is so romantic, but the music doesn't start for 3 seconds later. Some scenes have this weird blurring effect. Another unintentional humorous scene is the water. The camera is constantly panning San Francisco bay for no apparent reason, I guess to add movement of time to the movie. There's also a super tacky glass waterfall stand in the apartment. You know you're in for a rowdy time when the movie previews people are already shouting at the screen.
What were the most awkward scenes?
It has to be the sex scenes. There are some super cheesy lines. Apparently, if you bring roses every day you can just rub a rose on a girl and arouse her. Its so painful and long these scenes, you are just cringing with anticipation. The best parts are when Mark and Juliette start to have sex and Mark is moaning even though his clothes are still on. Another realy awkward scene is when you see the backside of Johnny on top of Juliette as he has this extremely cut body from too much working out on a body builder diet. Its a body you don't really want to see naked, but you get to see it anyway, which just adds to the perverse humor of the film. He's not even in the correct position for intercourse either, which just makes it more ridiculous.
Were there parts that didn't make the film?
Yes. In one version, the lead Johnny is supposed to be a vampire in secret, which would have made the movie even more bizarre and disjointed. Also, the director had the whole shoot with behind the scenes made, which of course then made the Disaster Artist possible to be shot by James Franco. Initially, when James Franco approached Wisseau he wanted to have Johnny Dep to play Johnny in the Disaster Artist. I think Johnny Depp would have done a great job, but its kind of a Franco style humor with all his stoner movies.
Would you recommend the film?
I'm sure a few will walk out, but all the mistakes in the film make it endearing to watch as its so bad you just have to watch to find out why, why was this made? Plus you always want to rewatch parts of the film to see how badly it was made. One of the best iconic scenes is a frame of spoons (why??), so the audience brings spoons to throw at the screen for every shot with the spoons.
Are there other weird things to the movie?
Since Tommy got started in retail selling Levis, so after the movie he started to sell underwear on his website. In an interview, they say he got so famous from the movie release that now he can sell retail in his own name now.
Do you have any accidental art?
I wouldn't call it accidental, but my style Metal Mayhem relies on how the paint comes off the metal tools, so there is a certain accident style to it. Sometimes the paint rolls off how its planned, maybe a straight line or dragged enough on the canvas. Other times you have to go over the surface several times and get an unplanned result, which gets builds over time to a direction unforeseen.
Purple Rain in Cape Coral - 24x36 inches
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