Ed Wood (1994)

Ed Wood (1994)
  • Time: 127 min
  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette


A biopic of the life and work of the legendary ‘worst director of all time’, ‘Edward D. Wood Jr.’ , concentrating on the best-known period of his life in the 1950s, when he made Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space, and focusing on both his transvestism and his touching friendship with the once great but now ageing and unemployed horror star Bela Lugosi.

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  • Tim Burton films are always enjoyable, but the only one that I would call “great” is his 2007 adaptation of Sweeney Todd. Now, I can add another one to that short list of great films.

    Ed Wood is fascinating from start to finish! The atmosphere of the period is takes place in is authentic. But the direction and screenplay really shine! The film is very much sort of a character-study. Johnny Depp is fantastic in here, and it’s probably one of his best performances. Not knowing much about Wood, the film sparked an immediate interest. Not just in him, but in the sheer ambition and love for film- making that one can have, even him. The film portrays him with an immediate optimism that really gives the film a wonder, a sense of happiness. That really stood out to me among the rest of his films. I have no clue whether the era Wood was like this, but the films succeeds in that department. In fact, it succeeds in almost everything.

    By the film’s end, I was fascinated and was left in awe over this person and this era, regardless of it’s actual reality. That to me, makes a great film. It also makes me wonder whether I should see Wood’s films, since the only time I did was when I watched a couple of scenes from ‘Plan 9’ in a Halloween party and remember the guests saying something like ‘this is the worst film ever and we love it’.

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