Sam Bernstein staff writer
Oh, hi theaters. Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic, “The Room”, was re-released to theaters nationwide on Jan. 10. The film, which has a score of 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is notoriously horrible. That, however, is the charm of it. The genius of Wiseau’s film lies within the failures of it; from the poor editing to the forced dialogue, the movie has been described as the “worst movie ever”. It is so gloriously bad that it’s gained a massive cult following and a growing fanbase 14 years after its release.
The film is about a love triangle between best friends Johnny (Wiseau) and Mark (Greg Sestero), and Johnny’s fiance Lisa (Juliette Danielle). It’s unclear how the subsequent events in the film support its overall plot, but it barely ties together in the end. There are a lot of weird, confusing plot changes (like when Lisa announces that she’s pregnant) that barely, if at all, connect with the plot of the movie. “The Room“ is best described as a series of unfortunate events, but even that doesn’t fully explain the drastic, constant change of events in the film.
The movie is awful. There’s literally not a single aspect of this film that was done conventionally correctly. There was poor editing (evident with all the dialogue that was dubbed over) and poor B-roll (dreadfully long shots of San Francisco), but the worst part of this film was the character acting. The characters in the movie have confusing development and their personalities are unrealistic. This was partly a result of the poor scriptwriting by Wiseau (this was the first film he’d ever written) and also partly a result of the casting. For most actors in the movie, it was their first feature film. Sestero, who played Mark, had never had a speaking line in any cinematic production ever had a major role in the film. He was clearly lost during the entirety of the film. It was evident he was giving up on the film near the end. Danielle had just moved to Los Angeles from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and had also never had a speaking role in any cinematic production ever. Danielle had a similar awkwardness to her persona.
The secrets of the weirdest film ever were exposed in Sestero’s 2013 memoir, “The Disaster Artist.” In “The Disaster Artist,” Sestero describes Wiseau in an unfavorable light, describing scenarios where Wiseau would berate actors and crew members with a mirage of insults. On top of all this, Wiseau was generally clueless about the production of a film. Wiseau would show up hours late without warning and would flat-out refuse to give water to people working on the film. “The Disaster Artist” was later turned into a feature film (The Disaster Artist) starring brothers Dave and James Franco.
“The Room” is like soul food. No matter how many times you’ve viewed the film, it never gets old. The ironic genius of the film makes it so incredible. The bad acting combined with the bad dialogue makes the movie a hilariously awkward mess. Scenes like this (Wiseau talks to a dog) and this (Wiseau laughing at a dramatic story) solidify that “The Room“ is the best bad movie ever.