The Room (2003)

This is another one of those films which filled me with such a sense of inane indifference that to try and summarize it would only further my indifference towards this film.

What do you do when you have a 540 page unpublished novel that you have written? About yourself? YOU MAKE A FILM ABOUT IT, OF COURSE!!

This film is one of those ‘so bad its good’ ones but I can barely agree about the good bit. This film is notoriously bad and its atrocious given the fairly reasonable budget it had at its disposal. It’s around 90 minutes long which is quite long for a ‘bad’ film. There is zero character development and too many plot arcs are left hanging or barely developed. If Wiseau wanted the film to be about the self-exploration of trust and betrayal or whatever, then it fell very flat very fast. The script was very poorly done, as if Wiseau didn’t really know how women interact with each other or what they talk about. Or even, failing that, how humans react to one another!

If you want more of an invasive review of this film then I recommend checking out the review by the YouTuber ‘I Hate Everything’. But seriously though, this film is appallingly bad. Character development is nonexistent and the plot just slides around with little motivation or coherence. Need I mention the unresolved breast cancer storyline? All of the film is made up of scenes repeated in form and style over and over. I didn’t really care about what happened to the characters even though Mark’s rejection of Lisa at the end was unintentionally funny.

While I don’t think I hated this film as much as, say, the Amazing Bulk, it was still quite a lousy film. The structure of it was a complete mess and its got as many holes as Swiss cheese. I don’t know what Wiseau was trying to achieve with this film, but its pretty easy to see that he fell short.

MY RATING: * / *****


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