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.