Having been lucky enough to get tickets to the Australian premiere of The Disaster Artist with Greg Sestero himself in attendance, I was excited and eager to watch this amazing story. I was not disappointed. Almost every line James Franco said had the entire audience laughing their heads off, he is so spot on in his portrayal of Tommy's quirks and character its surreal. I tip my hat to him and hopefully the Oscars come calling. He deserves to be nominated.
As I had read the book, I did notice that a few changes were made and some plot points fictionalised, but that's the case in nearly every adaptation so that was to be expected. It did capture the spirit of the story and was never boring or slow paced. Dave Franco does an excellent job as Greg, playing him a little more naive and optimistic than his real life counterpart (the real Greg knew he was not making a good movie, while this Greg seems a little more deluded.) but was so likable and warm you just wanted him to succeed. Tommy, on the other hand, is a little more polarising. While he was humanised and some good insight was given into his motivations and feelings, it was still hard to be a fan of him all the time considering how absurd his behaviour was. I chose to give him a pass, as you can't say he isn't sincere.
The film's supporting characters are perfectly cast as well, with Seth Rogen playing a straight man role as Sandy the stunned script supervisor along with several comedians and actors popping up left right and centre. One of the biggest laughs in the cinema was Josh Hutcherson's first appearance as the room's most peculiar character, Denny. It was also great that Ari Graynor and Jacki Weaver, playing Juliette Danielle's Lisa and Claudette from the movie respectively, are portrayed as strong willed and thick skinned people who nobly put up with some of the worst working conditions for an actor imaginable.
Overall it's a hilarious and genuinely moving account of an insane true story. It softens the nasty edges a bit too much and I would have loved it to be a little longer to include some even crazier parts of the book that didn't make the cut but what we're left with is still an excellent movie. OH HI MARK!