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Ed Wood (1994)


One of the best films, about one of the worst directors of all-time.

Johnny Depp plays Ed Wood, a grinning goof with a sunny disposition who was heralded as the “worst director of all time” — and certainly made the movies to prove it. (He also loved to direct his epically bad films while dressed in women’s clothing.) Martin Landau turns in an Oscar-winning performance as aging horror icon Bela Lugosi, while Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Murray co-star. Tim Burton directs.

I have never seen classic crap-fests like Plan 9 From Outer Space, or Bride of the Monster. However, seeing just how creative Ed Wood was, makes me want to go out there and find them.

The best thing about this film is that the direction from Burton is solid beyond belief. We understand this Ed Wood guy from his zany personality, his love for movies, and the art of everything in his movies being perfect, regardless of what others think. There is never a time in the film, where it seems like saying, “Ed Wood was terrible”, instead its more about how much the director took passion in his work rather than worry about the critics, something we never see in today’s world.The comedy in this film works so well with its main subject, because his movies were that bad, that they are liable to laugh at.

The performance here given by Depp is honestly one of his better earlier performances of his career, as he captures the zany character of Ed Wood, a director no matter how bad his films were viewed as, he never gave up in achieving his vision of his movies. The rest of the cast does well like Bill Murray who’s playing a gay man, Sarah Jessica Parker playing Sarah Jessica Parker, but none of them quite add up to the great Martin Landau. Landau probably gives one of the best supporting acts in a comedy in a long time with his act as the legendary, Bela Lugosi. I loved almost every time he was on-screen, capturing the real essence of what its like to be this old, cranky actor, who just doesn’t give a shit anymore.

The bond that Wood and Lugosi is where the real heart of this film lies. It feels genuine, because of the their great chemistry, but because in the film, they are put through situations where you can obviously tell they care for one another (no homo). However, I just feel like the film could have hit that more and more. Not necessarily the relationship between the two, but more of the dramatic elements to the life of Ed Wood, and also the repercussions he had for making these terrible movies. We just saw them talking about it, but never how it officially messed up his career, and the others around him.

Consensus: Ed Wood not only celebrates the life of the “worst director of all-time”, but also embraces the fact that he was one of the more important ones of our life time, with great performances from the cast, especially Landau, and a great script, or laughter, tragedy, and film-making.

9/10=Full Pricee!!!

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18 responses to “Ed Wood (1994)

  1. Aiden R May 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Love this movie. Haven’t seen it in ages but Landau was freakin’ great in this. Good review, man.

  2. Frank Mengarelli May 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The cinematography in this film is flawless.

  3. moviesandsongs365 May 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I saw 30 min of “Plan nine from outer space”on youtube , I was expecting it to be awful, but it was actually good fun and interesting having recently watched Ed wood. Perhaps so bad it’s good.

    It seems to me that it’s “popular” to agree ed wood and plan 9 was the worst of the worst(3.6/10 on imdb from 18000 votes)
    I think plan 9 has a certain charm that some films today have none of, so not a 3.6 for me at all.

    But Ed wood was much better. Great acting with endearing characters. I esspecialy like the scene when Landau was in the pond complaining it’s not heated, and Depp says: “it will soon warm up once your in it” !! lol ( :

    Ed wood is one of those movies you mostly just watch and enjoy for what it is, not that deep a movie IMO. I noticed surnames Landau/Lugosi both start with an L and are six letters, what’s the deal there, if any?

  4. mcarteratthemovies May 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    This is one of my favorite Johnny Depp films. Everyone remembers him as Jack Sparrow or Sweeney Todd or Benny, but I remember him as Ed Wood.

    • CMrok93 May 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      I wish I could say the same thing too, but to me he will always be remembered as Jack Sparrow, but that’s not far too many o the other great characters he has played in films.

  5. Ross McG May 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    believe it or not i still havent seen it
    heres hoping it will stem my recent Burton backlash when i do

    • CMrok93 May 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Yes, please do check this out! I know Burton can be disappointing, but give this gem a look.

      • mill1924 May 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

        I wish Burton would go back to making golden films like this instead of his big commercial sellout films that he is doing now.

        I liked Alice, but give me an Ed Wood every now and then Tim!

  6. Kevin Blumeyer May 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I love this movie. It’s probably the only Burton/Depp collaboration I can say that about. I think it was Gene Siskel who said this movie should be made mandatory film-school viewing, not just because of its quality but because of the way it depicts a man living his dream and loving what he does.

    I also didn’t think “Plan 9″ was as bad as its reputation. It was nowhere near the crap-fest of Uwe Boll’s movies.

  7. roisinaobrien May 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    The only thing I love almost as much as the film is the poster :)

  8. Danny King May 14, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Definitely one of Burton’s best in my opinion. I enjoyed seeing a movie of his with a more reserved directorial style.

  9. Frank Mengarelli May 14, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Hey baby snakes, this is off topic but I was wondering if you’ve watched Antichrist yet? I searched your blog for a review but I had no luck with finding one.

    It’s on Netflix instant and if you get time and want to ponder your life and everything else in the world check it out*.

    * May cause intense emotional distress.

  10. Heather May 14, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I know this offends all, but I’ve never connected with this film, or even Depp’s performance. And I’m a huge fan of his work and Burton’s. I’ve argued this for days with others, and a stalemate is where it always ends. Just adding my two cents, but really it’s worth at least a dollar.

    I get it. I just don’t love it.

  11. klausming May 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    While I’ve really tired of Burton/Depp films of late, I think this one is brilliant – and agree that it’s success has much to do with the relationship between Wood and Lugosi. One of my all-time favorites.

  12. Dan June 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Another fabulous performance from Johnny Depp. One of Tim Burton’s best in my opinion.

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