And where is his head? Regardless, it takes remarkable chutzpah to commit to a characterization like Johnny Depp does. When Depp was still a teenage heartthrob, Burton saw something unique inside of him. Cursed with massive scissors for hands, Edward can seldom fulfill his best intentions without cutting or slicing.
The one he'll be remembered for oshram-3 6 December It's sort of embarrassing to admit it took me ten years to see this film. I'm not really a big fan of Tim Burton, and while I never had anything against him, I've only recently started to enjoy Johnny Depp's work. Given the subject matter, this just wasn't a movie I was interested in for a long time.
But sometimes good things really are worth the wait. Ed Wood, of course, chronicles the Hollywood career of its eponymous subject, truly one screwed up individual; a cross-dresser with a fetish for angora, Wood churned out one horrifically bad film after another, culminating with Plan Nine From Outer Space, before descending into crappy porn films toward the end of his life.
It isn't necessarily a happy story, and Burton wisely only tells a small sliver of it, from Ed's first movie, Glen or Glenda, through the premiere of Plan Nine. But the love that Burton has for Wood and his movies shines through in every frame.
Though I find Burton needlessly artsy as a director, here that tendency serves him frightfully well, as he manages to do the near-impossible; make a film about someone that plays like one of their films the abysmal Dragon is a shining example of how NOT to do this.
Shot entirely in black and white, we see all of Wood's weirdos not as they were, but rather as Ed probably saw them, through the bizarre filter he must have viewed life with.
Depp is simply brilliant here, probably even better than he was in Pirates of the Caribbean.
He captures Wood's enthusiasm and slanted viewpoint, but he does so in a loving, positive way. Wood accepts, as we must, that he was a screwed-up hack, but it never drags him down; in fact, Depp has him reveling in it, and it is that very passion that buoys up the movie.
It doesn't hurt that nearly everyone else is very strong too, from Jeffrey Jones' crank 'psychic' Criswell to Bill Murray's Bunny Breckenridge, who often talks about having a sex change but never goes through with it.
He won the Oscar for this, and deservedly so; he presents Lugosi at the end of his life, a washed-up has been, a shell of a man who was once a great star but is now no more than an addict. Landau virtually disappears in the role, and all you get is Lugosi, every tragic inch of him.
Again, we see him not only as he was, but how Wood and even Burton see him, and the effect is masterful. One speech in particular, where Lugosi repeats a speech that Wood wrote for him about once being the master of the world but now on the verge of coming back is particularly haunting, and Landau is simply riveting.
I was impressed on many levels, most particularly with Depp and Landau, but really with the whole movie, that such a truly screwed-up human being could be shown in such a positive, indeed, loving way. Ed Wood is nothing less than a tribute to its subject, and in that, as in many other ways, it succeeds marvelously.
If somehow you've missed this film, as I had until recently, you owe it to yourself to see it. It's simply a wonderful piece of film-making that should not be missed.
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It has humor, drama, and romance. The thing is, I had heard a lot about Ed Wood, and was curious on what his life was like.
A perfect example of Johnny Depp's passion for his work is his starring role in the movie, "Ed Wood," about Ed Wood, a filmmaker best known for making bad movies. It sounds ironic, but Johnny was insistent that this was a great movie. During this period, he churned out three of the aforementioned 'classics.' In his portrayal of Wood, Johnny Depp really owns this movie. His performance is a deft blend of child-like optimism, coupled with a cynical, con-man's cunning. Forget the PIRATES franchise, THIS is Depp's best. Depp was stellar in his portrayal of the cross-dressing Ed Wood, Jr. Martin Landau was equally amazing in his role as former horror movie actor Bela Lugosi. When you add Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeff Jones, Bill Murray and other notable names .
My sister recommended this movie, and I think I might steal it from her. But it's worth not only a watch but a buy as well.
Everything about this movie is perfect. I don't think there is a way you can change it to make it any better. I would highly recommend this movie any time. Especially if you want to learn about the crazy and interesting life of "Ed Wood".Ed Wood Jr.
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To date, his films have racked up $6,,, worldwide and that’s just his starring roles. Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II born June 9, , was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was raised in Florida as the youngest of four children.
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