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From Tim Burton, acclaimed director of BIG FISH, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, and BATMAN, and the producer of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, comes the hilarious, true-life story of the wackiest filmmaker in Hollywood history, Ed Wood! Johnny Depp (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, CHOCOLAT, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) stars as the high-spirited movieman who refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews, and hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low! The all-star cast features Bill Murray (LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS), Sarah Jessica Parker (TV's SEX AND THE CITY), Patricia Arquette (STIGMATA, LITTLE NICKY), and an Academy Award(R)-winning performance by Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, 1994) as Bela Lugosi. Hailed by critics everywhere, this laugh-packed comedy hit is sure to entertain everyone!
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we may not want to admit it, but there's something potentially inspirational about Ed Wood. what the man lacked in talent he compensated for with determination. he faced drawbacks and frustrations that would reduce many of us to rubble on what comes off as a daily basis, but he refused to be sidetracked. say if you will that Ed Wood COULDN'T make movies, but you'll never say that Ed Wood DIDN'T make movies.
the demonstration of which remains both Tim Burton's and Johnny Depp's finest work. granted, Martin Landau got the lion's share of the kudos with his mesmerizing turn as Bela Lugosi, but he couldn't of done it if everyone else hadn't been on their game as well. it's one thing to steal the show, but it takes equally dedicated colleagues to make it worth stealing.
the principle thrust of the plot of course is Wood's relationship with Lugosi, centering on the three films they did together. these are of course textbook lost souls. on top of his stubborn pursuit of cinema stardom, Wood has his crossdressing fetish, which is a particular no-no in the button-down '50s. the combination of the two finally costs him his relationship with actress Dolores Fuller. Bela is obviously a has-been (a running-gag has just about everyone Wood encounters assuming he was dead), but that's the least of his worries. his wife recently left him, he's become addicted to morphine, and the government cancels his welfare. in short, he particularly needed a friend when Ed found him.
you'd expect a film centering on such strife to be a downer, but in fact the film ha an incongruously sunny disposition, a' la Frank Capra. this most likely works because it's subject was himself so willfully resistant to Cold Hard Reality. the film and it's subject wear the same prescription rose-colored glasses.
just how much of this film should we take with the proverbial grain of salt? this is a complication common to biography films, because 90% of the time they have to speculate. it's not as if the screenwriters were privy to the discussions and decisions they have to communicate to an audience. all they really can do is offer the general "gist" of what happened. well, it is admitted in the commentary that the late meeting with Orson Welles is "complete baloney from start to finish," but apart from that this is an accurate gist. writing a biography or shooting a biopic is basically painting a portrait.
personally, i've come to the conclusion that Ed Wood did indeed have a certain modicum of cinematic "gifts"...he just wasn't suited to hold the reins. i mean, Glen Or Glenda? has a rather impassioned as well as valid plea for brotherly love and understanding buried somewhere in all that mess. also, no one's denying that Plan 9 From Outer Space was pitifully executed, but structurally speaking, it's plot is no worse that that of a thousand other films along the same lines. (there's even one quite profound observation therein, where the alien soldier remarks how odd it is that the living, who can think, should be so frightened of the dead, who cannot.) and quite frankly, even in it's ultimate fiasco form Plan 9 beats the hell out of the giant-radioactive-bug thing that was in vogue at the time.
so maybe all Ed needed to do to ensconce himself into the higher echelons of the "business" (and a less impoverished way of life) was to concentrate solely on writing. but of course it's that very incompetence that got him his cult status. if Ed Wood had had the sense to acknowledge his limits, he'd probably of been completely forgotten by now.
the "perversity of Nature" don't get much more perverse than this.
Here, we have Tim Burton's loving tribute to and Johnny Depp's wacky, adorable performance as The Master of Bad Film Making, Edward D. Wood, Jr. Yes, Wood's movies are terrible, but he is nothing if not 100% committed to writing, directing, producing, and even starring in his "masterpieces." Nothing, not even a dead actor or an urgent desire to put on an angora sweater, could hold Ed Wood back from realizing a vision. And that's what makes this movie, and Wood's legacy, so special.
The entire cast is fantastic, with particular standouts being Lisa Marie as Vampira, George "The Animal" Steele as the incomparable Tor Johnson, and of course Martin Landau, in his Oscar-winning performance as Bela Lugosi, the down-on-his-luck former horror-movie great. Bill Murray and Sarah Jessica Parker also shine in their roles as (respectively) Wood's eccentric friend Bunny and Wood's very frustrated girlfriend/wannabe actress Delores.
Do yourself a big favor and see this movie about the life and unintentionally hilarious work of a true Hollywood legend.
The casting couldn't have been better, in my opinion. Depp was stellar in his portrayal of the cross-dressing Ed Wood, Jr. Martin Landau was equally amazing in his role as former horror movie actor Bela Lugosi. When you add Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeff Jones, Bill Murray and other notable names and you have an amazingly talented ensemble cast.
I can watch this movie again and again and laugh each time. And if you've never seen an Ed Wood movie, you have to trust me............they're every bit as bad as this movie depicts. Enjoy!
ED WOOD: Depp's lovable, loopy Wood is more used car salesman than artist; all ambition and enthusiasm, but devoid of even an atom of talent. He's a tireless and effective cheerleader, though, and when we see him watch every take with wide-eyed wonder, we understand that what drives him drives every artist --as Wood himself realizes when he meets Orson Welles and discovers that they share similar problems as "filmmakers."
The center of gravity of the film, however, is the genuinely affectionate friendship that develops between Wood and Lugosi--the latter washed-up, desiccated, addicted to morphine, yet still attempting to retain some dignity. "Ed Wood" succeeds both as "biopic" parody and as a fond, ultimately touching tribute from a visionary filmmaker to a pair of casualties of their own vision.