I regret charity shopping my DVD of this - even though I don't know if I'd ever feel especially compelled to watch it again - simply because it is a sweet, good-natured film which I am glad exists. Burton suits black & white cinematography since he best works within the monochrome dream plane of early cinema. While I like the candy-colored chiaroscuro of his early work, the lurid yet muddy tones of 'Alice' are nasty!
The best biopic homage of a obscure yet unique grade Z-film director that has ever been made. Johnny Depp has never been better than here, but it is Martin Landau that steals the show channeling the dead ghost of Bela Lugosi so he can do one final great screen performance that will make even the most cynical person sad he never got the respect he deserved when he lived and a fan of the long-dead actor. A masterpiece.
As time goes by, I find myself admiring "Ed Wood" less as a actual biopic and more as an affectionate tribute to outsider cinema. It's a quirky, yet inspiring story about following one's passion, as well as a humorous look at show business politics. The cinematography is a lovely homage to "B"-movies, and Depp and Landau work off each other wonderfully. Factual inaccuracies aside, this is a delightful film.
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.
Gorgeous, funny, and well-acted. This a cautionary tale to all those who want to work in the movie industry, yet at the same time, Tim Burton tells this story non-judgementally, as Ed Wood is quite relatable, and 3-dimensional. This is my favourite Tim Burton movie, with my favourite Johnny Depp performance, AND Patricia Arquette is frankly underrated in it. I found her performance small and unforgettable.