Is Tommy Wiseau a fraud

The room

Original title: The room
USA | 2003 | 99 min. | FSK:?
Drama, comedy
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Script: Tommy Wiseau
Occupation: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman and others
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What's the matter?

The banker Johnny lives in a house in San Francisco, where he has a passionate relationship with his fiancée Lisa. But behind his back Lisa decides that she no longer loves Johnny and instead wants to seduce Johnny's best friend Mark. Lisa's mother and her best friend try to make her see her senses, but the catastrophe takes its course.

How is the movie?

Tommy Wiseau's vision was obviously to create a movie that had it all: drama, sex, humor, and most of all, Tommy Wiseau. In fact, "The Room" went down in history, but for completely different reasons than hoped. The film is so poorly written and acted that there is an immense amount of involuntary comedy in it. Thanks to word of mouth, “The Room” enjoys cult status today and is transfigured into a masterpiece at ritual public viewing events. Almost unbelievable lines of dialogue and directorial decisions create a trash factor that a huge fan base always enjoys. A film to be amazed, laugh and learn, peppered with numerous quotes for eternity.

The best way to understand what makes a successful film is through works like “The Room”, which fail grandly. It starts out inconspicuously: music, camera and editing are acceptable; the shock reveals itself on the content level. The fact that Wiseau fires two and a half sex scenes in the first half hour alone is still the smallest evil. “The Room” confuses you with characters who use the same phrases over and over again and change at random. There are also several bizarre subplot strands that are never resolved. Main actor Wiseau towers above everything with his grotesque facial expressions and gestures. As if his acting wasn't gruesome enough, he dubbed himself - and badly - which makes his strange way of speaking (and laughing) even more prominent.

A phenomenon, that proud producer, screenwriter, [director] and leading actor staring at you on the totally inappropriate movie poster. The rest of the cast also consists of laypeople or 'young talents' who at least make an effort. Ultimately, it is less of a criticism of the acting than of the script style, which does not give the characters their own identity. Mainly “The Room” suffers from Wiseau's incomprehension for plausible drives and leads. What remains is forced theatrics - optionally forced jokes - without clear context. Wiseau wants the big emotions without knowing how to create them. Tragic, and very, very funny.

In an interview, the experienced Hollywood director Sandy Schklair reveals that he not only supported Wiseau on the set, but also directed almost every scene, which throws a different light on the production. Since Schklair himself didn't understand the meaning of the script fragments he was hired to film, he made fun of it - believing that nobody would see “The Room” anyway. In the end, it is not Sandy Schklair's hushed up fun directing, but Wiseau's eccentric personality that puts the special stamp on the end product. Wiseau, who is rich for unexplained reasons, invested his private fortune and all his heart and soul to create cinema magic with more or less unsuspecting staff.

"The Room" is a unique low-budget experiment about love, friendship, cheating and throwing the ball, totally unsuccessful and therefore a must. (Available as an English Blu-ray with no regional code limitation.)

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