Wow. This is one of the most uncomfortable and entertaining movies I’ve seen. With some convincing performances and some bizarre material it is also one of the most skilled retellings of real events I’ve enjoyed.
I was discomfited with the talking heads opener featuring some real life Hollywood talent. And then things really begin.
I am almost ashamed to say that I had not heard of ‘The Room’ which is the movie that inspired this ‘based on a true story’ film. Though the well-informed folks @travellingmanuk manchester, my local comic store, had.
The film tells the essential parts of the story of two guys who make a pact to support each other’s ambition to be actors in LA. That they make the pact after a spontaneous drive to the site of James Dean’s infamous crash sort of sets the scene for the entire movie.
They have distinct set backs. They have minor successes. They despair. They triumph. And best of all they realise the lesson of all creative people: once your art is out there your interpretation is secondary.
Almost a literally incredible film this is well worth watching just for the excellent acting and feeling of discomfort at real life. It is absolutely worth watching for its determined reach for authenticity and truth.
Just go see it. Now, where can I get my hands on ‘the room’?