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Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker's Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi's final soliloquy — an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor's life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood's own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film — at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening — and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 60
- Fresh: 55
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Depp isn't best known as a comic actor, but he gives a witty and captivating performance, bringing wonderful buoyancy to this crazy role.
Fresh: Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.
Fresh: Beguiling rather than thrilling, oddly charming instead of transporting, meaning that Disney will have its work cut out for it with what is at heart a cult movie and a film buff's dream.
Fresh: An entertaining, oddly affectionate look at the cross-dressing grade-Z moviemaker.
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Ed Wood is full of spark and charm, it is easily one of Tim Burton's best (better) films. The acting is sharp. Johnny and Marton give the best performances, and the reenactments of Wood's films are so close to detail, it's as if you're seeing the actual Plan 9 From Outter Space itself. Great directing and wonderful writing. There's aftermath text, so I don't know how that will appear on your media device. Howard Shore provides some quirky music that perfectly captures the essential Ed Wood mind (3 1/2 stars). Overall, Ed Wood is a great film that is worthy of a rent, and definitely a buy.
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