The Room

The Room

A scathing indictment and satire of gender roles, American idealism, and the human desire for control and pleasure. Each scene, each frame, is intricately and magnificently spliced together as to create a vivid account of the tragedies being presented on screen; you don't watch this film, you *live* it. The strongest, most intense surge of emotion I've ever felt in my life was experienced while watching 'The Room'. Losing your virginity? The passing of a loved one? Getting married? Having kids? All these events may seem important in the moment, but when compared to being immersed in the world of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cerebral masterpiece, they will be of little value to you.

Like all great works of art, 'The Room' perfectly encapsulates the time period when it was made, yet also features a universal relevance (one that very well may last thousands of years into the future). Yet, to call 'The Room' a "work of art" would be misleading, potentially even downplaying the massive importance of this monumental achievement. 'The Room' transcends art (perhaps even time and space, too), becoming something more real, more organic, more tangible. 'The Room' is a living, breathing organism, a God among men, a Wiseau among Kubricks.

The interpersonal dynamics between each of the film's characters, the palpable nature of their conflict, and the heightened (yet all too real) way in which each situation is presented makes for a powerful, if not life-altering viewing experience. When Johnny (wonderfully realized by Wiseau himself) and Mark (the brilliant Greg Sestero) analyze and discuss the nature of relationships, gender roles, and sex, I feel as if God himself is speaking to me, giving me advice and insight into my own life, exposing my own flaws and shortcomings.

Juliette Danielle as Lisa is also incredible; totally seductive, yet also calculating and manipulative. Her appearance in 'The Room' shines through as perhaps the greatest female performance to ever grace the silver screen. Her steamy (yet emotionally resonant) sex scenes with both Wiseau and Sestero made for some of the most interesting moments in the film (each passionate scene being accompanied by some of the most memorable music of the era). But the moving and dazzling visuals aren't the only high-caliber aspect of this picture, the screenplay is also a high-note.

Each line of dialogue flies out of the actors' mouths is surreal yet grounded, providing a rapid-fire onslaught of almost inhuman wisdom and understanding. Lines of dialogue are often repeated, questions often asked twice, allowing the viewer to feel the fluidity of time and lose themselves in the world these characters inhabit (a world eerily similar to our own). Each aspect of this movie works together perfectly with the others, each of them building on one another, all of them inseparable. 'The Room' is a brilliant and perfect machine.

When future generations looks back on the past centuries and millennia of human existence, I believe that through human tragedies such as warfare, genocide, violence, hatred, and poverty, they will see the one thing that matters in this life: 'The Room'. Without this film, we have nothing; with it, we have everything. Art and humanity has peaked. I just hope we can appreciate that.