ED WOOD is a heartfelt valentine to talentless but fearless artists
everywhere. It documents the life of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the
cult figure known as "The Worst Director of All Time" for such insanely
bad flicks of the 1950s as GLEN OR GLENDA?, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and
The rest of the cast is near-perfect, with standouts including Bill Murray as gay actor Bunny Breckinridge and Patricia Arquette as Wood's sweet, understanding girlfriend. Jeffrey Jones as nutty fake psychic Criswell and Lisa Marie as buxom TV-hostess Vampira contribute to the fun, while wrestler George "The Animal" Steele is virtually indistinguishable from Wood favorite Tor Johnson.
Although on the surface, the story is about how a young director managed to make three of the worst films of all time on nothing but a smile and a shoeshine, ED WOOD is actually about one strange, cross-dressing man, who, unable to live in the real world, builds worlds of his own on movies sets and populates them with a broad collection of like-minded outcasts, like a Don Quixote picking up multiple Sancho Panzas on his travels. As Depp says in the film, if he judged any of his friends, he wouldn't have any. It is on this level that ED WOOD really shines.
Gorgeously shot in black and white, ED WOOD did poorly at the box-office, but has gone on to become as much as cult film as any of Ed Wood's "classics". - JB
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"And.... cut!!! That was perfect!"