Ed Wood

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Burton's biopic of the man often described as the world's worst film-maker (Glen or Glenda, Plan Nine from Outer Space, etc) may offer a somewhat favourably distorted account of the man and his films - it ends before his slide into porn, penury and alcoholism and, while recreating certain scenes from Wood's work with astonishing accuracy, manages to avoid showing his most tiresomely nonsensical sequences - but it certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship. Affection shines through warm and bright, aided no end by

Stefan Czapsky

's evocative b/w camerawork, and by a host of spot-on lookalike performances. Landau, especially, is superb, bringing fire, acid, pathos, wit and real dignity to the role of the pitiful, occasionally deranged former horror hero Bela Lugosi; and, in the film's most conspicuous, outrageous but surprisingly appropriate bit of fictionalisation,

Vincent D'Onofrio

makes a notably beleaguered Welles. Depp himself, all innocence, bright-eyed zeal and itchy obsession, never really lets us get beneath Wood's skin, but gives such a good-natured performance that it's hard not to end up rooting for someone who was talentless, naive and misguided in virtually everything he did.

By: GA


Release details

127 mins

Cast and crew

Tim Burton
Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Juliet Landau
Bill Murray
Jeffrey Jones
Patricia Arquette
Brent Hinkley
Vincent D'Onofrio
Max Casella
Lisa Marie
George 'The Animal' Steele
Martin Landau
GD Spradlin
Johnny Depp
Sarah Jessica Parker
Mike Starr
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