Best F(r)iends on paper, does not sound like a good movie or idea. Because it really isn’t. In Tommy Wiseau (who plays Harvey in the film) and Greg Sestero’s (who plays Jon in the film) new film together, a mortician and a homeless man become business partners and their friendship is put to the test. Best F(r)iends is is objectively terrible in every technical standpoint but yet, I didn’t feel myself hating it just because of how much I enjoyed Tommy Wiseau’s on-screen prescence. Even comperable to Wiseau’s performance as the loveable Johnny in The Room (2003).
I think that the actual direction in this movie reeks of the quality of a film student. The amateur lighting, the reliance on stock footage, and the cinematography in some scenes looked like it was shot on the iPhone 7 Plus Steven Soderbergh used to film Unsane (2018). In one shot, the boom microphone was in the frame. Frequent frame rate drops appear throughout the movie which is a first in any live-action film I think I have ever watched. Overall though, it makes for an enjoyable experience just because of the performances from Tommy was so and Greg Sestero as well as the supporting cast and a very outlandish plot that involves the sale of gold through fake teeth, Wiseau licking his new car, and a family of clowns; and this is only the first part. Perhaps director Justin MacGregor is taking inspiration from Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac? (the last movie that I can recall that was released in two parts in quite the same fashion as Best F(r)iends is). By the end of the movie, I was asking for much more of the on-screen pairing of Wiseau and Sestero and I cannot wait until the June 1st release of the second volume.
When I watched the film with a large audience of people at my theater, mostly everyone erupted with laughter and made for a fun viewing environment. Everyone was in on the joke and it was probably the best experience I’ve had watching a movie at the theater since going to see Get Out (2017) on opening weekend. It is the adequate way of watching Best F(r)iends. Just remember when going into this film that doesn’t expect it to be to be like a David Lynch film. However, if you expected it to be like a David Lynch film then you wouldn’t be going to see it. I doubt anybody is actually seeing this movie interested in the plot but, more interested in Tommy Wiseau himself. Becasue, if this film had anyone else starring in it besides Sestero and Wiseau it would be unwatchable garbage.
Note: There was also some pretty lengthy behind-the-scenes footage with a focus on Red Bull for some reason? Then there was a music video starring Wiseau too.