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As a film buff who unabashedly loves everything about the movies, from how they are made to the final product this movie was perferct for me.
I really appreciated how much Ed Wood would do anything he can just to do what loves most AKA make movies, even though they might be the worst things imaginable you just have to appreciate the love and effort Ed put in.
Probably Tim Burton's Best movie he ever did.
Johnny Depp and Martin Landau acted the hell out of this movie.
Ed Wood is a 1994 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and produced by Tim Burton. This is such a different yet effective film. With strong performances, artistic cinematography, and a quirky narrative, this film will catch your attention . It has an old-fashioned feel which I liked, along with a good mix of humour and drama. It wasn’t until the movie had finished that I realised it is based on a true story! GGNC
aesthetic, beautiful, and one of the greatest movie about dreamer
Tim Burton's best film and Johnny Depp's best role
I think the greatest compliment I can give to Ed Wood is that it made me want to watch some of the most infamously terrible films ever made. Seeing this dramatization of the process that went into making things like Plan 9 from Outer Space gave me the idea that it might be worthwhile to suffer through one or two of his movies (and possibly enjoy a little chuckle at the finished product.) What’s truly marvelous about Ed Wood, is that it lifts up the titular director and presents him as someone admirable with a dream. He’s not a completely unrelatable mad man, he’s just a likable guy who is a bit odd. Tim Burton never seems interested in stomping on the grave of this man, instead he respects him as a fellow director with a vision, even if the finished product of that vision was awful. That’s not to say that this movie shies away from the comedy of Ed Wood’s directing style. It is constantly pointing a spotlight on his ridiculous decisions, including how he was forced to cut corners while begging, borrowing, and stealing what he needed to get the job done. The performances of many people in the cast are downright farcical. Johnny Depp and Bill Murray in particular feel like they are constantly going for a laugh. I appreciated that Depp never lost the character, though. His undaunted exuberance was exactly what we needed from this man who thinks anything is possible even when he is constantly proven wrong. The truly masterful performance, is the one everyone talks about from Martin Landau. His portrayal of the elderly Bela Lugosi is hilarious, but also authentic. I often thought Depp was a bit over-the-top, but Landau always seemed dialed in and presented Lugosi as a very relatable and tragic figure. Unlike many of Tim Burton’s other films, I felt that Ed Wood had a decent amount of substance instead of always valuing style first. I’m not sure how much of this film reflected actual history, but I don’t particularly care. It never felt like this was intended to be a documentary, so taking liberties is welcome. In fact, it’s almost like Burton used some of Ed Wood’s style of film-making in order to make a film about him, which is a cool meta concept. I wish I laughed a little more, or that there was a real ending to the film, but the overall movie is a good one.
I'm a fan of old Tim Burton. He did 'Mars Attacks' after this. That was fun, but this is better.
I'll admit, on paper, this film might seem a bit niche. However, I think it works for all. You don't need to know who Ed Wood was. It helps a bit if you do. But chill if you don't. You'll want to find out after you've watched this one. J. Depp is great as Ed D. Wood Jr and Martin Landau is Bela Lugosi. I mean he is him. It's like Lugosi came back from the grave just for this picture. He's the highlight of the film. Sarah Jessica Parker is pretty humorous as Dolores Fuller.
This movie shows Ed wood's story. He really is inspiring in a strange way. He didn't have the money to make the film he wanted to make. So what did he do? He went ahead and did it anyway! inspirational in a funny strange way. no matter what. Just keep going. You'll get there eventually. Today his best movie is 'Plan 9 from outer space' (1954) which has almost a cult-like status amongst die-hard fans.
This film gives you a great idea of what it was like trying to get a movie made in Hollywood in the '50s. everything from the fat sleazy movie producers, to the washed-up old actors who just aren't 'hot' anymore.
"Nobody gives two f**ks for Bela anymore.."
Ed Wood (1995)
On my list of 10 best movies ever made. I must confess that my top 10 list has about 100 films on it.
Tim Burton presents one of the most infamously bad filmmakers whom ever lived, served as a soldier in WWII, and became a household name in 1950's cinema
a star studded cast from Bill Murray to Sarah Jessica Parker to Martin Landau to Patricia Arquette to Johnny Depp as the man himself
Wood was notoriously known as being the worst director in Hollywood making flop after flop with bad acting, bad effects, bad dialogue, bad writing, and directing
still he had such a passion for the field he didn't care about the quality nor receiving the best of criticism, all he wanted to do was to make movies
even if the industry was mocking him he set out to make something no other director had attempted
Wood decides to make a film starring Bela Lugosi involving a man dressing up as a woman to get her attention so he decides to star and direct in it right down to actually wearing female attire as well as makeup and jewelery
from then on he makes one film after another giving Lugosi the opportunity to re-live the glory days
he was zany having a knack for many exploitations flicks of course many executives just laughed at the mere idea of his suggestions
visions are worth fighting for, we can't waste our lives making someone else's dreams, how many members of the audience actually notice the fine details?, it's better not to pass judgment on people because if we did we'd have no friends
kooky music, great aesthetics fitting the era, and a true form to classic days of cinema
this is an amusing look into a producer's life full of ambition, heart as well as failure, sloppyness, and hilarious results that gained unintentional acclaim
truth is everyone will always be remembered for something whether perfect or imperfect
This movie is hysterically funny. It's poignant. A little bit sad. But most importantly, it serves as an excellent film of the genre it's based off of. Most importantly it shows us how old Hollywood works. Also about the way it plays: out with the old, in with the new. All cast are wonderful against each other. The director went ahead and done it in black and white which is how the movies were filmed. Not only that, but the subject matter isn't about black and white, it's finding the grey area of which they amounted too. Great film, and a must watch.
Ed Wood is a 1994 drama-comedy based on the life and films of Edward Davis Wood Jr. The film was directed by Tim Burton (who is one of my personal favourite directors) and stars Johnny Depp as Edward Davis Wood Jr and Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi.
The story I found to be incredibly intriguing and engaging; from the tragic life of Bela Lugosi to the big dreams of Edward Davis Wood Jr.
The cast featuring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and Jeffrey Jones all did a fantastic job at portraying the characters; from Johnny Depp's charming performance as Edward Davis Wood Jr to Martin Landau's perfect portrayal of the late great actor Bela Lugosi.
The characters were really entertaining and believable from the charming Criswell to the tragic but lovable Bela Lugosi.
The production designs and costumes were realistic and detailed, particularly with the various classic horror sets and props.
The comedy I personally found to be very strong and humorous, especially with the character Tor Johnson.
The films atmosphere, for the most part, was very strong; especially the scenes that take place in Bela Lugosi's house.
The film was also little emotional dealing with such things as drug addiction, fallen glory, and even death.
The film overall I found to be really engaging and enjoyable, and I know that I'll be rewatching it again soon.
Overall I give it a
9/10 - would definitely recommend