Ed Wood (1994)


There are many notorious directors that made Hollywood famous, and have gone down in history as some of the best directors in town. Names like John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Steven Spielberg are just a few names that showcase directors with superb visions of storytelling. But one man has been declared the worst director of all time. That man is Edward D. Wood Jr. who is best known for producing some of the worst movies ever conceived. Unfortunately, not much is known about this legendary bad director. Luckily, with 1994’s “Ed Wood”, we get a glimpse into the mind of Ed Wood as well as the way Hollywood does business. With an all-star cast, great cinematography, and outstanding production values, “Ed Wood” is an underrated piece of work from talented filmmaker, Tim Burton.


The plot of the movie tells how Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) tried to make it in Hollywood as a director. Unfortunately, the movies he made were not of high caliber art. This film chronicles Ed’s progression and frustration as he made “Glen or Glenda?”, “Bride of the Monster”, and of course “Plan 9 from Outer Space”. With Ed is legendary horror icon Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) trying his best to stay alive and avoid death, Ed just wants to be recognized in Hollywood. But he keeps pursuing his dream of becoming a star.


“Ed Wood is one of those movies that just needs to be seen This is because of two factors: the cast and the look of the film. Johnny Depp and Martin Landau are perfect in their respective parts, especially Landau who won an Academy Award for his performance, deliver outstanding results. The rest of the cast, which includes Jeffery Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, and Bill Murray (among others), are outstanding as well. But it’s the overall production of this film that makes it perfect. Tim Burton is the perfect choice to direct as he literally pays homage to the 1950s. The writing by Scott Alexander and Larry Karazwewski came up with a wonderful script full of both humor and drama into one movie. The music by Howard Shore (an unusual choice for Burton) sets the mood and tone of the 1950s, as well as the costumes that also represent the era. And what makes the movie stand out above the rest is the fact that the entire production is shot in black-and-white, which is really a dying art form in Hollywood. If this movie had been shot in color, it probably would not have achieved the success it has now. All these qualities make “Ed Wood” an genuine masterpiece in cinematic history.


The only negative criticism that this movie an receive is that fact that it could have gone a little longer with the pacing. For you see, after “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, Ed Wood made several pornographic films right up to his death. If the movie had taken that route it would have been absolutely perfect. But as it stands, “Ed Wood” is a perfect film as is.


In conclusion, “Ed Wood” is definitely a movie for film lovers everywhere. It details one director’s ambition and passion for movies and turns it into a perfect blend of comedy and drama. If people watch this movie, then maybe everybody might appreciate Ed Wood’s talent as a filmmaker. Or not.

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