Burton's grand masterpiece, too bad so few have noticed
As one of the most overlooked films ever made, "Ed Wood" does for Tim
what "Malcolm X" did for Spike Lee and "JFK" did for Oliver Stone, it
any expectations one can have of Tim Burton, because he has set a standard
here that he will never achieve again. An interest in the period in which
it is set is essential, given the set decoration is the film's greatest
triumph. It's not surprising that Burton's first "biopic" is about
revered in the b-movie heyday of the 1950s - that spawned Burton himself.
Burton must have felt he had to make this picture because without
like Ed Wood, Burton himself would have never existed. Set in seedy
Hollywood in the mid 1950s - and wisely and beautifully shot in
black-and-white, Johnny Depp plays the titular character; a young,
talentless, but optimistic auteur who dreams of being a film director;
so far as to model himself after his idol, Orson Welles. Despite an
over-reliance on stock footage, a tin ear for dialogue, and a fondness for
wacky, exploitative horror and sci-fi fare, Wood wiggles his way into
B-moviedom. Casting anyone willing to step before his camera, Wood cranks
out a series of cheesy movies.
When he has a chance encounter with horror film legend Bela Lugosi, now a
year-old, foul-mouthed morphine addict wrecked by his lost fame, Ed sees
meal-ticket. Quick for his next fix, Lugosi doesn't seem to mind that Wood
is also an out-and-proud transvestite with a particular fondness for
sweaters, and soon begins starring in Wood's features. Lugosi, played by
Martin Landau, gives the story its biggest jolts of energy. Landau is
hysterical in scene after scene utilizing the "dirty old man" routine.
Remember, there is nothing funnier on earth than an old man who likes
profanity. A gentle - albeit somewhat fictionalized - bond forms between
Wood and Lugosi. Depp does a spectacular job of fleshing out Wood's
innocence and unbridled passion for moviemaking. This may also be the
Johnny Depp film where you actually see him smile!
What ultimately makes this film so stellar is the impeccable production
costume design and the crisp B&W cinematography; it literally transports
back to the clean-cut, wide-eyed days of the 1950s. I cannot recommend
film enough if you have an interest in the world of 1950s B-movies that
produced titles like "Teenagers From Outer Space" and "Project Moonbase".
This film functions quite well as a time warp. I liken "Ed Wood" to epics
like "JFK" because like those films, this movie doesn't seem to be about
what happens as much as how it FEELS to be there; and that's what draws me
to the film every time I see it. With "Ed Wood", I'm not always
in following the story, but I'm totally fascinated with being inside that
world. Tim Burton did the best job that anyone could in taking you
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d Wood is the story of the "worst Director - ever". Until you find out
that Tim Burton is the director of this film, you'll probably wonder
why someone would choose to, almost, document the life of such a
person. However, it is typical of Burton to portray the life of someone
different, not typical. It is sad that Edward D Wood Jr. did not
receive fame until after his death, spending most of his life creating
films that were not accepted in Hollywood. The story of his life has
become more popular and watchable than any of the films he made. He
does still have a small amount of fans today, but, he really was no
Orson Welles, despite aspiring to be. Tim Burton depicts the sad yet,
hopeful life of Ed Wood very well. Although we know that none of Ed
Wood's films gain huge success and popularity, that doesn't stop us
hoping they do. We easily associate and believe in the character played
greatly, by Johnny Depp. Ed Wood is filmed in black and white which
makes it seem even more true to life. However, the actors cast to play
Wood and his bizarre friends such as, Bunny (Bill Murray) and Dolores
(Sarah Jessica Parker), are played by modern actors. This lets the
audience know that Burton is clearly not trying to make a
documentary/docu-drama etc, he is purely making a film; something that
will entertain the audience. The many comedic moments in this film also
add to this idea. Johnny Depp makes a marvellous Ed Wood, his lack of
blinking and goofy smile add to the idea that Wood really was an
eccentric character. This without the fact he liked to dress in women's
clothing, something I think Johnny Depp, strangely enough, suited.
Another performance that has to be commented on is that of Martin
Landau who played Bela Lugosi. His performance was so good it won him
an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The irony in this is that
the real Bela Lugosi never won an Oscar himself. Landau is very well
suited to the role, and looks like someone who could definitely have
played Dracula. He knows himself that, "what I do best, what I've
always done best, is act." He portrays wonderfully the character of
Bela Lugosi and his struggle to find fame and fortune; dealing with a
drug addiction and being willing to play any character thrown at him,
however awful it was. Overall, Ed Wood is a funny yet sad, portrayal of
Ed Wood's life. It definitely deserves to be named one of Tim Burton's
best films, and again, we see a brilliant collaboration between him and