Edited by Derek Gutierrez
The Room is easily the greatest film ever made. Since its release in 2003, critics have been analyzing every scene, every frame to uncover all the mysteries and meanings that Tommy Wiseau left hidden. As the producer, director, writer, and hero of the film, he is the reason why this movie works incredibly well.
As you can tell from his accent and appearance, Tommy Wiseau is clearly from New Orleans as he says. He was able to pull six million out of his butt to fund his lifelong dream. How did he get it? No one knows. Many said how he somehow forgot a lot of his lines while screening (which he wrote); that’s a true testament to his acting ability.
The Underlying Message
Like Shrek, The Room is a movie about layers, at first, you see it as just an average romantic triangle story, but upon closer look, we can see meanings of purpose, freedom, and football. About 99 percent of the people that rated this filmed called it mediocre. This is very concerning because that means 99 percent of critics are completely brain dead.
Look at the opening scene:
Part of what makes this movie great is its attention to detail in showing not just a simple fictional film with actors on a screen, but a real-life experience. The dialogue is not meant to further the plot, but rather to immerse the viewer inside the world. In the opening scene, we see how Wiseau uses repetition: Lisa constantly repeats how she’s going to “try on the dress”, while Johnny, likewise, repeatedly says how he “bought it for Lisa”. You see many bad movies like “Infinity War” only making the actors say lines that further the main theme, while Wiseau shatters expectations by doing the opposite.
You may notice while watching that the events between the second sex scene and the birthday party have zero effect on the plot; this to show again that he’s making a world, not a movie.
The film portrays itself as developing throughout a couple of weeks when in reality it’s all happening in one day. Why else would Johnny be wearing the same outfit for 95 percent of the movie?
Wiseau does this again in a scene where Johnny goes to buy flowers for Lisa. We simply see Johnny later giving the flowers to Lisa and we would assume he bought it, but Wiseau goes the extra mile.
You see it’s all making sense, there are about 50 sex scenes in the movie which is a critique on American culture and how women are way too open to sleeping around. She remarks how she's unhappy with commitment with her best friend Michelle, “ Everything’s changed I need more from life than what Johnny can give me… if he can’t someone else will.” With this new found freedom she finds the sensation to push their limits higher and higher till it gets to the point where Lisa lies to Johnny about being pregnant at the end of the film, she even says “I did it to make it interesting.”
He makes it a point after the first sex scene to have his ass in the shot, “I needed to have my ass in the shot to sell the movie.” Which once again shows Wiseau’s dedication to his craft.
Take a look at this scene:
There are two ways of looking at this scene. From someone who has already seen the film and knows the truth, versus someone who hasn’t and believes Johnny is just facing a benign bump in his marriage.
I’m going to look at as a second-time viewer. In this scene, Johnny confronts Lisa about her toying with the idea of domestic abuse.
At the begin, Johnny sits with Lisa to portray that they are equals in this conversation in order to get an answer on what Lisa was saying to her friend. She rejects those moves which force Johnny to stand up and reveal his Herculean muscles as a way of intimidation. Lisa continues to hold her ground by saying “Maybe I’ll change my mind (marriage), what do you think? Women change their minds all the time.”
This part is probably the most crucial of the scene after I got triggered Lisa wanted nothing more but to escape but Johnny pushed her back down. Shots of Johnny taking up most of the screen symbolizes his persistence to interrogate Lisa about the truth, while shots of Lisa are now farther back, signifying the wall she has put on her “future husband.”
This multilayered conversation is an excellent example of dramatic irony that Wiseau uses, where we as the audience knows that Lisa is unfaithful to Johnny yet he isn’t aware of it himself, as well as the fact she cheated poisons her. She tries to deny the reality of her actions at the end with “everything will be alright.”
There are many scenes with spoons inside the picture frame, and characters not playing football but throwing it, what does it mean? Not even I know, the only quote we have from Wiseau is “Football is fun.”
Wiseau uses irony to show the power dynamics Johnny has with his friend Mark:
At first, Mark asks about a project Johnny is doing at work, he refuses claiming it’s confidential, then immediately ask about his sex life. This shows Johnny has little care while also stating that he is suspicious of Mark and demands an answer. Once he denies it Johnny has no choice but to leave.
Drugs is a theme that is pushed throughout the film, from Lisa forcing Johnny to drink, to Mark smoking weed, to forget how he’s allowing Lisa to cheat on Johnny, and to Denny getting caught with drugs. These are all examples of chemical poisoning that the innocence of a character's identity. We see Johnny as the hero, we see Mark as the loveable best friend, and we see Denny as an innocent teen. Yet their minds end up turning to actions that lead them closer towards their demise.
At the end of the film Johnny when Johnny finds out Lisa cheated and gets rid of that THOT, he transforms into the Hulk and destroys his entire apartment. How did he do it? He washed his stomach down with a ton of NyQuil.
Johnny’s house, in this scene, is a symbol of Lisa, now that his “future wife” is gone he has nothing. No matter how many times he goes “raw, you bi*$%” he can’t bring her back. He’s hopeless, which makes him go to his last resort. Destroying the dress that started the beginning of the experience, and with a gun to end with a bang.
Letter to all Critics
If you want to brush this off as a bad movie just remember this, Wiseau insisted in an interview that the midnight screening of the film “eliminated crime in America.” He elaborated by talking about how people who choose not to see the film could be outside where they might get arrested or put in an accident. Case closed.
“The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.”
© 2019 Steven A Hall
Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 10, 2019:
Thank you for the link Steven.
Steven A Hall (author) from Holbrook on July 09, 2019:
You absolutely should, it's free on Youtube. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roRuWqHk7jQ
Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 09, 2019:
Excellent review. In fact, this is the most thoroughly written review I have ever read. It was very enjoyable to read. A review like this makes me want to see the movie for sure.
Steven A Hall (author) from Holbrook on March 15, 2019:
@Louise Powles, you’ll be in for a treat if it’s your first watch :)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 15, 2019:
I like the sound of this film. Thanks for the review. =)