The Room...this title alone is enough to make some people laugh uncontrollably. Not because The Room is such a great comedy, but because it is such a great unintentional comedy. This film is clearly meant to be dramatic and heart wrenching, but is written and directed in such a way that all the viewers can do is watch the unintentional hilarity unfold.
This has become a cult classic, compared to Troll 2 and Manos: The Hands of Fate. Mostly because the acting, writing, and directing is so atrociously bad that you can't look away. This film is a train wreck in the strongest sense of the phrase.
Let's begin the review:
The Room stands out amongst its "so bad it's good" brethren because it had a very large budget ($6 million. Yes, you read that correctly), at least when compared to others like it. It was shot on 35 mm film and high definition video at the same time, with the cameras on the same mount. Several actors quit the film due to creative differences.
The Room is about a love triangle between Johnny (Tommy Wiseau, also director, writer, and producer), Lisa (Juliette Danielle), and Mark (Greg Sestero). There are also several subplots that are abandoned as quickly as they are established.
The acting is horrible, to say the least. It's like the actors didn't know the movie was going to see the light of day, so they didn't try. The worst, however, is from Wiseau himself. He puts odd inflection onto every word, emphasizes the wrong syllables, and his accent makes him difficult to understand.
Normally, I wouldn't criticize dialogue because it's not easy to get right, but I'll make an exception for this. The dialogue in this film is awkward, stilted, and weird. At one point, out of nowhere Johnny asks Mark how his sex life is. This happens in a completely unrelated conversation. The characters constantly remind each other of who they are to one another, and Lisa and her mother have the same conversation at least three times.
This is a terrible, terrible film. But, I recommend it to anyone who loves bad movies, because it is amazingly funny.