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Best F(r)iends Volume 1 Movie Review

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“Best F(r)iends Volume 1” is even stranger than you might think.

After collaborating together on one of the best cult movies of all time with “The Room,” Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau reunite once again with a new two film saga titled “Best F(r)iends.” In the first volume (volume two is due out at a later time), the audience is introduced to the two main characters of Jon (a homeless man) and Harvey (an eccentric mortician). The two wind up crossing paths and Jon eventually begins to work for Harvey as well as develop a friendship with him. At first it seems like Jon is ripping him off by selling gold teeth from corpses that Harvey has collected, but the two end up becoming partners for a lucrative underground business. Unfortunately, this is when things take a turn for the worse for the two friends. I’m being vague on purpose here so as to not spoil the odd journey viewers will embark on. Suffice it to say, the movie gets WEIRD.

I’m not one to review VOD/digital releases, but, as a fan of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, I made an exception for “Best F(r)iends Volume 1.” I was very intrigued to see them back on the screen together for an epic two-part movie and I was certainly not disappointed by the result of the first volume. Intriguing is certainly the best word to describe this Greg Sestero scripted movie as it’s rather hard to classify. It’s part drama, part comedy, part character piece, and part surrealistic indie film that also happens to be inspired by true events (I wonder how much of it is true though). It’s a weird mix to be sure, but it all meshes surprisingly well. Sure, there’s a bit of an odd flow to it all plot wise and, yes, it remains to be seen if this actually warrants being 2 parts, but, for now, I am compelled to see how this saga about friendship and secrecy all pans out.

One of the aspects that really makes this film stand-out is the cinematography by Farhan Umedaly and Justin MacGregor (who is also the director). This is a frequently stunningly beautiful movie thanks to the arty and breathtaking location shooting in L.A., Las Vegas, among other places.

So, how are Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau in this film? I’m happy to say they both give the best performances of their careers thus far. Sestero is the straight man here and gives a very human and dramatic performance as a man who is trying to turn his life around. Obviously, Wiseau has the much more kooky (and sometimes downright creepy) role to play here and he goes to town with it. There are some hilarious lines and line deliveries that he gets to work with here which will undoubtedly have viewers cracking up numerous times. Of course, it is their scenes together that really make the movie worth watching. The two have such chemistry together and their banter, arguments and what have you are emotional. I also want to give some credit to actress Kristen StephensonPino who impresses as bartender Traci (a love interest of Jon’s).

Overall Thoughts: Don’t expect “Best F(r)iends Volume 1” to be like “The Room” (although there are a few nods to it). This is a very different and refreshingly unique movie that is worth seeking out. I am eager to see “Best F(r)iends Volume 2” now more than ever.

“Best F(r)iends Volume 1” is now available on VOD and Digital.

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September 26, 2018 - Posted by | Movie Review | , , , , ,

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