The best bad film you’ll ever see.
Johnny (Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed and produced the film) lives happily in a San Francisco apartment with his fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle). However, one day when Lisa inexplicably gets bored of Johnny she decides to seduce his best friend.
It’s difficult to know where to start with The Room. Everything about the film is so bad that it’s straight up laughable, hence why it’s gained such cult status.
Narrative wise, there’s a very basic plot of Lisa cheating on Johnny with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero) which is okay, but there’s a few other plot points which are introduced in the film then dropped or never mentioned again.
For instance, one scene involves Lisa’s Mum rather jarringly informing Lisa that she has breast cancer, but this is never mentioned again. This leaves so many unanswered questions and confusion that it disengages you from the film. The set-ups of these plot points are bad enough, but the fact they vanish in to thin air afterwards just makes the film all the more baffling.
Furthermore, what does remain of the narrative is ruined by bizarre structuring and unnecessary scenes. Multiple scenes appear to be in the wrong order, completely out of continuity or hold no relevance at all. It is genuinely puzzling how Wiseau managed to create such a mess of a film.
On top of this, the acting is awful. Pretty much the whole cast delivers bad performances, but especially Wiseau who’s delivery is a certain contender for the worst in the history of film. The unnatural and jarring writing doesn’t help, as well as the matter of fact nature, constant explaining and expositional dialogue throughout the script. Classic lines and deliveries such as, “You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” (As pictured above) have only aided in the creation of the film’s cult status.
As if things couldn’t get worse, the editing is just as much a mess. Scenes and shots are seemingly placed almost at random, both either running for too long or too short amount of time. This creates a distracting, uncomfortable atmosphere which takes away from an almost engaging plot, but, like everything in the film, it’s just plain laughable.
Personal highlights of this include the excruciatingly long, and all too frequent, sex scenes in the beginning of the film. There’s three of them in at least the opening twenty minutes, which I can’t decide whether or not this is impressive or weird (probably both).
The budget of $6 million (yes, 6 million!) was blown on building unnecessary sets instead of location shooting, as well as hiring multiple under studies due to many actors dropping out. The list goes on, as do the many bizarre stories that surround Wiseau and the film’s production. This includes the actors not being given full scripts for the film and Wiseau not even learning his lines to his own film, which is just stupid.
As a film, The Room is awful. However, despite all the problems, awful continuity and poor decision making, this film doesn’t fail to provide entertainment and comedy, even if this wasn’t the intention.
(9/10 for the experience)