Saturday, December 16, 2017
The Room Will Tear You Apart With Confusion And Yuks
Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is a successful guy who works at a job we never get to see and lives with his girlfriend Lisa (Juliette Danielle), whom every person in the movie can't stop slobbering over. Johnny and Lisa seem to have the perfect life, one that also involves a neighboring college student Denny (Phillip Haldiman), but unbeknownst to Johnny, Lisa is carrying on an affair with Johnny's best friend, Mark (Greg Sestero). You just know this kind of secret can't be contained forever and Johnny's birthday party may just be the time that all of the subliminal tension comes roaring to the surface and tear everything apart.
That's the most cohesive plot I can string together from the assorted sequences that play out throughout the feature, which is heavily comprised of random sequences that go absolutely nowhere like Denny getting mugged on the roof of his apartment building or Johnny and his buddies playing football in tuxedos. There are also a large number of sex scenes set to music that just screams "early 2000's" and were truly something I was not prepared for witnessing. It's as if Wiseau just typed down a stream of consciousness he had one morning that was entirely comprised of ideas for random short films and decided to jam them together into a conventional three-act movie.
A total disaster on a storytelling level does make for some glorious comedy though, especially any scene where Denny (a character I had no idea was in the movie prior to actually viewing it) is involved, this kid just comes in and out of the movie at random intervals in such a hilarious fashion. Tommy Wiseau's delivery of various pieces of dialogue is truly incredible too, with something like "How's your sex life?" superseding its status as an oft-repeated internet meme to be reborn as simply a magnificently abrupt out-of-nowhere piece of unintentionally hilarious dialogue that Wiseau delivers as casually as a person asking for a bottle of mustard at a diner.
I can't tell if The Room was more of a confounding experience or a humorous one, it may have been an equal measure of both. But it is cool that, even after having so many of its scenes and lines be repeated to death on the internet, that The Room is still able to work as a fascinating misfire, one whose thorough commitment to its own insane interpretation of intimate character-driven drama is fascinating to behold. Tommy Wiseau obviously started this project with an idiosyncratic vision of the world and for better and for worse, that vision has very much leapt onto the screen with his 2003 motion picture The Room.