The Accidental Masterpiece

WARNING- If you are living a life blissfully unaware of the cult classic, The Room (2003) then you may not want to read on.


Take heed of this warning, folks- The Room is a game changer and may plague your thoughts for the rest of your life.

On the first Saturday of every month, Nova Cinema in Carlton holds a screening for The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s accidental masterpiece.

It is the cinematic experience of a lifetime, with a high level of audience participation- including throwing plastic spoons at the screen and chanting along to the unusually long pan of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The film has been drawing crowds to cinemas globally over the years on account of it’s incomprehensible plot, laughable filming techniques and lack of consistency.

It has gained so much recognition that Greg Sestero, one of the actors from the film, wrote a best selling book entitled The Distaster Artist about the making of The Room.

This book is set to be made into a film this year, with Hollywood names such as Seth Rogan and James Franco attached to the project.

The film was written, produced and directed by the mysterious and somewhat socially inept European, Tommy Wiseau, whose broken English comes through blatantly in the script. Wiseau also stars in the lead role as, Johnny.

Consequently, the central point of The Room’s genius stems from Wiseau. His enigmatic interpretation of the world combined with a complete lack of knowledge and experience in film making makes for a mystifying end result which continues to leave viewers in awe.

You know when you go to the bathroom during a movie and miss that one piece of vital information you needed to understand the story? This film constantly induces that feeling of confusion; bewilderment, even.

My catch phrase when showing The Room to friends for the first time has become, “Don’t try to understand it- you won’t. Just enjoy the ride.”

The film features countless plot points and story lines which are presented but never expanded upon as well as ‘throw away’ characters who are abruptly introduced but go on to be of no significance to the overarching plot.

Basically, the plot is centred around a love triangle between Johnny (Tommy Wiseau,) Lisa (Julliet Danielle) and Mark (Greg Sestero.) The majority of the film Is based within Johnny and Lisa’s apartment which is undoubtedly in San Francisco.

It is a convoluted storyline which boasts ridiculous inconsistencies. The film seems to simply be a collection of irrelevant, poorly filmed, poorly dubbed over scenes.

So why see it? Because it is simply too bad to miss.

The Room has become popularised by it’s poor quality and the reach of the 2003 film has been simply exponential. The fact that such a film exists is almost beyond comprehension and well worth the exploration.

I would give this screening at Nova Cinema my highest recommendation. See the website below for full details.


By Scarlett Maloney 

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