Friday, December 15, 2017

Movie Review: The Room

Tommy Wiseau's dark romantic comedy is considered one of the worst movies ever for good reason but has also managed to garner a cult following and a popular film following the eccentric creator. Johnny (Wiseau) is a successful banker in love with Lisa (Juliette Danielle) who he plans to marry once he gets a promotion. Through terrible dialogue that is awfully delivered the two discuss their love until Tommy's odd friend Denny (Philip Haldiman) comes in and awkwardly wants to play with them in bed. They push out Denny and the two of them awful sex in what looks like softcore porn. It turns out that Lisa is not quite as in love with Johnny and she seeks the company of Johnny's best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). She seduces him and he agrees and the two of them have sex in another softcore porn scene.

The plot doesn't make much sense following Wiseau's script of bad dialogue and odd character interactions. Denny always wants to play football and is somehow like a son to Johnny. Lisa explains her relationship trouble to her mother Claudette (Carolyn Minott) who tries to stick up for Johnny as do other female characters when Lisa tells them her plans to leave Johnny. The poor banker continues to not get a promotion even after his ideas helped the bank to make lots of money. George struggles with his affection towards Lisa and his friendship with Johnny though this doesn't stop him from continuing to see her when she calls. 

The characters hang out in various areas including an alleyway and on the rooftop. The room either refers to the bedroom or the living room where a lot of the drama happens. Denny has an issue owing money to a drug dealer, Chris-R (Dan Janjigian), though this never really plays out or if it did I had stopped paying attention. Johnny tries to impress Lisa but she has concocted a story where Johnny abused her. In one really hilarious scene, Johnny protests Lisa's story on the rooftop only to find Mark up there. Mark lies about Lisa claiming that she is another woman and telling Johnny a gruesome story that Johnny has the odd reaction of laughing at. The men prepare for a wedding dressing up in suits and playing baseball but there is no wedding. Lisa throws Johnny a birthday party but it turns out that she lies about being pregnant. Her friends and Mark confront Lisa and she lashes out. The emotions change randomly and Mark turns on Johnny.

Johnny and Lisa fight about her behavior at the party, and Johnny locks himself in the bathroom to sob. Lisa calls up Mark and tells him about Johnny's tantrum and Mark insults Johnny who comes out and confronts Lisa. It turns out that Johnny was taping the conversation and plays it in front of Lisa. She decides to leave Johnny for Mark. Johnny grows even angrier and destroys everything in the house before pulling out a gun from his dresser drawer and shooting himself in the head. Denny, Mark, and Lisa all cry over Johnny's dead body and Denny tells the other two to go away. Lisa tries to be with Mark but he is too distressed over his friend's death and leaves her.

This film is pretty awful and the only reason I decided to watch it was because of the new film coming out about the making of this movie. I did think some of the bad dialogue, confusing plot, and terrible acting were entertaining but I don't think I would have enjoyed this film more in a rowdy screening. Wiseau takes the film seriously and his commitment and obliviousness to how bad the film is are the reason that it is so funny. I don't know if it is the worst movie ever, I think I made that one back in my twenties, but it is pretty terrible.

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