The mostly true story of the legendary ‘worst director of all time’. Ed Wood was an eccentric Hollywood outcast who filmed an oddly endearing series of B-films despite a lack of commercial success. He was aided by a bunch of showbiz misfits who had a strong belief in his off-kilter vision.
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Burton's masterpiece & one of the great American films. In avoiding Wood's more nefarious personal struggles, the film makes a conscious effort to celebrate the director as an idealistic figurehead for a particular kind of cinema; a strange, home-made, uniquely personal cinema that exists for the simple joy of making. It's a beautifully romantic re-imagining the truth & as much a reflection of Burton as it is Wood.
A delightful salute to sheer ambition and faith of vision which neatly avoids outright condescension towards it's less-than-salubrious mileau. One leaves the film uplifted in the possibilities of human endeavour and comradeship.
A charming ode to schlock with some great black and white cinematography, but it misses the opportunity to explore and indulge in the pleasures of this type of filmmaking. I never understood Ed's drive to create, but it's fun to watch him strive.
The fact that most of this being based on a true story is unbelievable funny or incredible sad. Ed Wood movies may have been a curse in the history of cinema, but this Tim Burton biopic surely lives up to his work. Johnny Depp also gives a terrific performance.
I didn't get this film until a watched a film about Bela Lugosi and found out that Ed Wood was a real person... once I had that information that film was much more funny, profound and heart-warming than I had previously though it to be. I always loved the style and quirkiness about it but understanding the context really shed light on the true meaning of this film for me. Great stuff.
A magnificent movie, excellent casts. This here is one of Burton's finest. If you ever love film-making you should really see this first before you even start. Really, this movie is highly recommended to all of yous who wanna make movies. An instant favorite for me.
Can your hearts stand the shocking facts of the true story of Edward D. Wood Jr.? Martin Landau and Johnny Depp are fantastic, as well as Tim Burton's unique quirky vision of the worst director of all time. a cinematic marvel.