Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ed Wood

When Ed Wood was released on October 7, 1994, critics lauded it, while audiences ignored it, making it Tim Burton's best reviewed movie of his career and his first box-office bomb.

Ed Wood is a biopic on Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Johnny Depp), claimed "the worst director of all time". It also focuses on Wood's friendship with an aging Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) and Wood's cross-dressing habit.

The rest of the cast is very elite. Sarah Jessica Parker is Ed's girlfriend Dolores, Patricia Arquette is Ed's future wife Kathy, Jeffrey Jones (of Ferris Bueller's Day Off fame) is TV psychic Criswell, Lisa Marie (Burton's then-girlfriend) is TV hostess Vampira and Bill Murray is Ed's friend Bunny Breckinridge.

The movie overall was very good. Landau's performance of Bela Lugosi definitely earned that Oscar. Burton's direction, Depp's acting, and Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski's screenplay should've at least been nominated.

I don't think I've ever since such an optimistic character like Ed Wood, particularly in one scene at the beginning of the movie. Ed brings a review of his play for the actors to read. Despite the fact that the review is mostly negative, Ed points out that the reviewer said the costumes were very realistic. You gotta love a guy like Ed.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. This movie is released in 1994. It was one of wonderful film of the year. The film was directed by Tim Burton with Carmen Filpi as Old Crusty Man, Patti Tippo as Nurse, Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Welles.


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