"Tim Burton's finest hour. And Johnny Depp's. And Martin Landau's."
Tim Burton can be so hit or miss. Mars Attacks! is a miss of the highest order, but Ed Wood is the complete opposite end of the spectrum, managing to be funny, dramatic, sad and biographical all at the same time. Grand stuff.Filmed totally in black and white, which probably gave the studio fits when it was decided, this film completely takes you back to the day of Wood, the 1950's bottomfeeder director responsible for such terribly made films as "Plan Nine From Outer Space" and "Glen Or Glenda". Wood was a nutbar, no doubt about it, but he was a nutbar with determination, managing to get a series of films produced that ae notable only due to their total and utter incompetence. They're fun to watch because you can laugh at them from start to finish.
Johnny Depp turns in an awesome performance as Wood, sliding down the razorblade of madness and genius without losing a testicle. Unbelievably, Depp's turn is outshone by the unbelievably good performance of Martin Landau as Bela Legosi. When Landau is gone, this will be the role that he'll be fondly remembered for, as it just drills through you from the first time you see him. As much as this film is titled Ed Wood, it's Martin Landau's film.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray and (inspired casting) George 'The Animal' Steele are also great in their roles as Wood's cohorts. Murray in particular seems able to get a laugh at the most unfunny of times.
The dialogue is fantastic, the acting superb, the story simply rivetting and the whole thing an honest homage to a great... well, not great but famous, man.
Simply put, I love this movie.Proof positive that Hollywood doesn't need to revert to formula or big budget to put together something that is awe-inspiring, ed wood is one to own.