Picture this: A Polish Director and Producer with very little experience decides to make a $6 million full-length romantic drama movie starring himself as the lead role. Sounds odd and bizarre but for some strange reason, Tommy Wiseau thought he could create a great film known as The Room.
The Room is centred around a love triangle between banker Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), his fiance Lisa and his best friend Mark (Greg Sestro). The film has a range of pointless and unresolved subplots that frustrate me as a viewer. Critics alike are quick to point out the inconsistent narrative of the film. The movie is mostly set in a room, hence the movie title.
Things Just Get Really Weird
No joke, this film is the weirdest film I’ve ever came across. There is several sex scenes, which are all painfully long and very awkward to say the least. Wiseau failed to talk in a coherent American accent, rather a thick Polish one. Wiseau’s lack of English was evident in the script (did I forget to mention he wrote it too?).
The dialogue is horrendous and repetitive. Lisa constantly complains about how she doesn’t want to marry Johnny all the way through the movie. Johnny and Mark say the line, “He’s my best friend” about a hundred times. Lisa’s mother reveals that she has breast cancer and Lisa’s response “don’t worry about it”. Johnny says “oh hi” about ten times throughout the movie and it’s really irritating.
Some of the camera shots are out of focus, which is a big no-no in film making. Most of the movie is set in a bland-looking apartment with photos of spoons in picture frames for no reason at all.
This film has been described as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”. It’s blatant poor quality make it great for ironic watching. Many people view it as a black comedy because it is very hard to take seriously, even the final scene (I won’t spoil it). Celebrities such as Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell and Paul Rudd began expressing their love of the movie.
What attracts people to this movie is its unconventional style. Wiseau created something so far out of the mainstream that fans embrace it’s uniqueness.
By Aoife Crilly