Imagine that youre in Los Angeles, movie capital of the world, ready to take in a midnight showing of that weeks massive box office attraction. Upon arrival youre greeted by a throng of other movie goers waiting patiently in line for their own midnight showing. But these cinema fans are not there for the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest. They're anxiously awaiting what is widely regarded as the worst movie ever put to celluloid. They're there to see The Room.
Never heard of it, have you? The Room is the vision of writer/director/actor Tommy Wisesau, an enigmatic gentlemen of mysterious origin. On the surface, Wisesaus film is on par with a direct-to-Cinemax feature (groan-inducing sex scenes included), but its failed execution has made The Room infamous.
Volumes could be written on the oddities that take place during The Room, but Ill keep it brief:
But The Room's flaws are not the real story here. It's the film's burgeoning cult status a phenomenon not witnessed since the rise of the Rocky Horror Picture Show that comes forefront. As I teased earlier, The Room is shown weekly at midnight showings where, much like Rocky Horror, the audience acts out their favorite lines and tosses spoons at the screen every time their on-screen doppelgangers appear. And this is not your typical nerdy, fringe element cult following. Some of the brightest stars in Hollywood, including Alec Baldwin, Kevin Smith, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Kristen Bell consider themselves fans and make Room jokes in their work.
From Entertainment Weeklys Room coverage:
''When we do a take, and it seems bad, a comment about The Room is often made,'' says Joe Lo Truglio, who played the jolly knight in Role Models, and is yet another fan of The Room. '''Dude, your heart was in the right place, but the acting wasn't. You Roomed it!'''
Watching the room made me reexamine the meaning of the phrase good movie. Does a "good movie," by definition, require technical feats and a mastery of the craft that brings movies to life? Or is it defined by well-written story elements and the creation of a dense illusion? Can the star-power of an A lister alone help define the judgment of a film to the positive? All are likely true. However I will contend that once a piece of art has entered the culture, it is really our enjoyment of the art that is paramount to how we rate it. The Room might be the worst film ever made, but rarely have I ever enjoyed watching a film more.
So, yes, The Room falters technically, is poorly written and is performed by actors maintaining a single acting credit on IMDB. Still, I dare you not to love it. The Room does so many things incorrectly that it achieves brilliance in its lousy execution. Ive now seen the film four times in two weeks, and the more people I watch it with, the more converts I create. You need to see it to believe it. To grasp the wonder of it all. The Room is everything because it is nothing.
I recently spoke to Tommy Wiseau about his film, and I asked him how he feels when people say The Room is a bad film. His reaction:
You can laugh, you can cry, you can express yourself,
but please dont hurt each other.
My conversation with Wiseau was as enlightening as it was entertaining. We spoke on the cult status of The Room, the troubles of its production, and whats next for the director.
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