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Ed Wood

1994 American comedic biopic directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp

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"This story's gonna grab people!"

  • Sep 2, 2011
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 Johnny Depp stars as Ed Wood, arguably the worst movie director of all time, in this amusing and at times, touching story of Ed's career in the fifties. Ed was an unparalleled optimist, enamored with movie-making; he possessed little talent, expertise, or money, but he and his little group of pals made cheap and very bad horror/sci-fi movies and loved it. The only star he ever worked with was Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), decades after his success as 'Dracula,' now drug-addicted and in failing health. Wood and Lugosi made several films together, the most (in)famous being, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," which was actually made after Lugosi's death.

Depp is extremely likable and sympathetic as the effervescent Wood. His quirky, driven personality and penchant for wearing angora sweaters seem entirely believable. Landau won a Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of the washed-up Lugosi; he's pathetic and grotesque and absolutely mesmerizing. Watching Ed throw together a whole movie in a few days is hilarious. For Ed, quality was in the mind of the beholder and he loved his movies.

This is a sweet, amusing, lightweight tale about a fascinating Hollywood character that may inspire you to see some of his movies. Recommended. 


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September 02, 2011
This is probably my favorite Burton film other than "Edward Scissorhands" He got so many of the little details about the era and the films just right and the acting is superb!
September 03, 2011
I agree with you; those two are my favorite Burton films, too.
September 02, 2011
Heh. This movie was awesome!
September 03, 2011
You're right. I don't know why it took me so long to see it.
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review by . May 31, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    Often called the worst film director of all time - with his films also given the privilege of being regarded as some of the crappiest ever produced - it would seem that Edward D. Wood Jr. would have no reason to be optimistic. Yet, played here by Johnny Depp, he has nothing to do but smile. Certainly a whacky, peculiar individual; Ed believed his area of expertise to be filmmaking, even though he didn't know jack-squat on the subject. He never went to film …
review by . October 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
"Honey, what if I'm wrong? What if I just don't got it?"    "Ed, it was only one review."    "Orson Welles was only 26 when he made Citizen Kane. I'm already 30."    "Ed, you're still young. This is the time in your life when you're supposed to be struggling."    "I know. But I'm scared it's not going to get any better than this."       …
review by . March 16, 2011
First of all, thanks to Brantastic16 for initially recommending this to me! Now, onto the review. Ed Wood is a phenomenal movie and the best from both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The film is superbly acted by everyone and superbly directed by Burton as well as being superbly funny and dramatic. I never knew much about Ed Wood prior to viewing this film, but watching it makes me want to watch his films. Out of all of Burton and Depp's films together, this is probably the artsiest, the least dark …
review by . July 18, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
So many Tim Burton movies have great ideas and beautiful visuals, but somehow go a little flat in the telling. For example, BIG FISH had some great things to look at, along with a some fun performances...but in the end it was too pleased with itself to make an emotional impact and the ending was muddled. BATMAN was a visual and acting delight as well, but had absolutely no suspense because the action sequences were dull...it was clearly not what interested Burton, but it meant the movie never got …
review by . December 18, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
A very offbeat movie indeed. Johnny Depp is quite adept at portraying this astonishingly talentless film director. The oddball characters that Martin Landau and Bill Murray play are quite entertaining as well. The black and white setting works well with the mood of the film.The twists and turns that Depp encountes in getting this film releases are indded comical. Although the formula tires just a little bit towards the end, the overall impression is a good one. Worthy of a viewing.
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Edward D. Wood Jr. was an actor writer-director-producer, occasionally in drag, who combined meager bursts of talent with an undying optimism to create some of the most bizarrely memorable "B" movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Though Wood died in obscurity as an alcoholic in 1978, his films have been considered cult classics for years.

He is consistently voted the worst director who ever lived. You would think this an odd subject, but director Tim Burton harnesses the undying hopefulness that made Wood such a character. Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylized, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Wood's films and his unconventional life.

Burton's recreation of Wood's wonderfully awfulPlan 9 from Outer Spacelooks much better than the original low-budget quickie. Burton tackled an extremely strange subject matter for a biopic, but Wood is presented as naive almost to the point of delusion, so the story works. The pace sags in the middle, as the weirdness starts to wear thin, but Depp proves himself an adroit actor, even while wearing angora and a blonde wig. Wood's unconventional repertoire company is faithfully reproduced, including an Academy Award-winning Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi.

Landau is pathetic, droll, and charismatic as the elderly junkie who made his last screen appearances in Wood's films.--Rochelle ...
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