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Premiere - John M. Korpics (04/01/1995)
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/20/1994)
Film Comment - Robert Horton (11/01/1994)
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (05/01/1995)
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (09/28/1994)
Total Film - Total Film Staff (07/01/2006)
New York Times - Janet Maslin (09/23/1994)
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (04/01/2000)
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- michelangelo147...Jun 4, 2007by
Biopic of Worst Director Becomes Burton's Masterpiece
If you've seen "worst movie director of all time," Ed Wood's, "Glen or Glenda" (1953), "Bride of the Monster" (1955), or "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959), you'll doubtlessly agree with Wood's critics: Wood's movies are such calamities that they're now enjoyed as camp films! Fortunately & much to his credit, director Tim Burton used a great cast of character actors to make an insightful, sensitive motion picture about the over-ambitious, gender-ambiguous master of Hollywood flops, Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Johnny Depp). [Aside: when does Johnny Depp have time off set to sleep?] Depp is fast becoming my all time favorite actor.
Some 50 plus years after his monstrosities were produced, why are we still watching Wood's films? is a question that "Ed Wood" strives to answer. Chronicling events of the 1950's through productions of the aforementioned, Tim Burton's biopic achieves what's unseeming: his audience empathizes with Ed Wood.
Alternating between sensitive & humorous, Burton's masterpiece sides with Wood & Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau). The strangest caricatures crop up: Tor Johnson (George 'The Animal' Steele), a near hirsute; Bunny Breckinridge (Bill Murray) all but a transsexual; Vampira (Lisa Marie), an over-busty faux vampiress; Criswell (Jeffrey Jones) an infamous soothsayer & Orson Welles (Vincent D'Onofrio) who is besieged. In short, an atypical variety of avante garde 'fringe outcasts'.
Regardless of how strange it seems, "Ed Wood" is a true classic that will be legendary. With it's wry humor & stirs of sympathy, the movie literally moves human emotions from one extreme to another. That's inevitable since the true story of Ed Wood's early 'career' is stranger than science fiction.
Burton elected to profile Wood when he was making both under-funded disasters, "Glen or Glenda" (1953) & "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959).
Martin Landau definitively earned an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi. His riveting characterization of Lugosi as Wood's friend, the star of his mishaps & a has-been, drug-addict stands among the best in film history. Johnny Depp delivers a riveting performance of Wood as a charismatic figure who inspired his socially exiled company of peers.
Ironically, Burton's "Ed Wood" celebrates awful movie-making. Depp goes well beyond his Pirate Jack Sparrow character to convey Wood's transvestism, cross-dressed in women's pumps, tight skirts & angora sweaters. Thus, Depp achieves a gathering of audience empathy for Wood as the penultimate outsider. I'll save the ultimate irony for this film itself becoming one of the all time best loved~Read full review
- hlec7316Dec 10, 2012by
Short cross dressing documentary included.
This DVD contains a short documentary about cross dressing which is why it was recalled and put out a 2nd time without it. Why was this DVD recalled?...I still have`nt got an answer probably they never had permission to make it public. Well, whatever the case it`s a welcome edition to my Ed Wood collection. CUT!
- tenebras138Aug 4, 2012by
it is not the most well known movie from Tim Burton but it is really good, and it is exciting to watch the movies from Ed Wood after it
- 1022689464@dele...May 29, 2011by
Inspirational to artists
An inspiring tale. The suspension of disbelief. Enduring story of focus and self belief. I've watched this movie about every year or two and it always makes me smile. I just thought of the scene with Bill Murray getting baptized. LOL
- bsiefers1957Apr 6, 2012by
one of the best from Tim Burton
Johnny Depp is on the top of his game, and Martin Landau as Bella Lagosi is superb!
This is a must see for any Tim Burton fan!
4 stars in my opinion!