“Roar” asks (and answers) what would have happened if Tommy Wiseau had gathered more money and a larger and more respected crew to make the notorious train-wreck that is “The Room”. What “Roar” succeeds in doing even more so than “The Room” is capturing pure egotistic stupidity in a time-capsule that reaches a magnitude that is almost unfathomable.

To call something ‘stupid’ is a jarring insult, however, I think looking at and acknowledging stupidity existing earnestly will make just about anyone smarter. With that, I think “Roar” is an important lesson in looking at art, particularly cinema, to understand how hubris is not an asset – even if you have a lot of money. In fact, the more money you have, the more dangerous you are as an artist. In this case, that conclusion should be taken literally.

I can’t imagine being just about any role when creating this film. What were these people thinking?! Were Tippi Hedren and Neal Marshall that high on their own hippy animal rights supply that they thought they could realistically make this film the way that they did? Within the first 5 minutes of this, you see a grown man riding a motorcycle RIGHT next to a galloping giraffe followed by a scene of him jumping into a pack of 10 lions in a ditch and wrestling with them. Even the guys from “Jackass” would hesitate to do half of the things attempted in this film.

Imagine editing this thing. Actually, no. Please don’t. Because this film showcases what happens to editors when they receive chaos and have to make a story out of it. It’a clear that these people went into shooting this with an intention and went out literally broken. The editing of this film is truly bizarre. It’s bizarre because there is no realistic way any of what was captured on camera could make any sense.

With “Beast” now coming out featuring Idris Elba fighting a few CGI lions in the jungle, “Roar” proves that the other end of the polarized spectrum of filmmaking – going for making it “REAL” – is just as dumb as the fabrication of computer animated spectacle. Either way, this film is an important lesson for anyone to see and appreciate. It's also insane.

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