Ed Wood (1994)

This Bio-Pic talks about the career and life of director Ed Wood.

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Marie, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray

MPAA Rating: R for some strong language.

Fun Fact: Martin Landau won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Bela Lugosi.

Ed Wood is another one of those films that I really wanted to see. I hadn’t seen it till now and just like Spartacus I’m glad that it’s worth the wait.

The thing about Ed Wood is that while some file it under comedy, I just don’t view it as one. It’s more of a drama but, it’s a very light-hearted film. It only has one dark subject when it touches on Bela Lugosi’s drug problem. When I say light-heated, what I mean is that it’s a passion project from everyone. Everyone on the set is looking like they’re having a great time. Tim Burton does a great job on his directing through the whole film. I liked the decision to film it in black and white. It gives the film a unique look and it really captures the time where the events take place. Burton is a very creative director and it shows here. For instance, there is creative ways where the filmmakers cut to different scenes.

The one thing that drives the film is the performances. Johnny Depp is having a great time as Ed Wood. You can tell that he is having a fun time with the role. Sarah Jessica Parker had some great scenes and a great chemistry with Depp. The one person that stands out is Martin Landau. If you haven’t seen this film I suggest you do so just to see Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. He gives it his all and it’s one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen on film. You can tell Landau was serious when he took on the role. He didn’t go over the top because he wanted to make it as a tribute to Lugosi. He respected Lugosi as a serious actor and you can see it in every moment of the performance.

Overall Ed Wood is a very creative film from the mind of Tim Burton. It’s a pure passion project from everyone and it shows in every scene. If you haven’t seen it, see it for Martin Landau’s performance as it steals the show. Like I’ve said before, Landau’s performance is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen.

Verdict: Hit


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