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Although it's Burton's least known film, it's unquestionably his magnum opus.,
This review is from: Ed Wood [DVD]  (DVD)
One of the most uplifting and light hearted films I have ever seen, Ed Wood is not only Tim Burton's best film, but also Johnny Depp's signature performance. Ed Wood is underrated in every sense of the word. I don't know why it isn't mentioned in the same breath of other modern classics.
The film centers around the worst director of all time. Sounds good, huh? Well what's more is that he's a cross dresser. Now I know it doesn't sound like the type of film to deserve classic cult status, but trust me, how Tim Burton executes the concept is astonishing. It's filmed in black and white, aand more than often the style is filmed like a cheap B-movie. But overall, it's simply a documentary to show that even though Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) may have been a very bad film maker, his self belief and confidence is really inspiring. And that's the best thing about this film: it IS truly inspiring.
The great film about this film is that we sympathise with this untalented, but incredibly nice guy. Throughout the film, he is contradicted in what he thinks he does best, even from his closest of associates, including his girlfriend. That fact that he is oblivious to why people think his work is so bad, all the more makes us appreciate the guy.
Martin Landau also plays in my opinion, the best support actor I have ever seen. He plays Bela Lugosi (the original Dracula) who seems to be getting nowhere in his final few years of life. Being a drug addict, his wife leaving him after a long-term marriage, Lugosi has little left to live for. Until he meets Ed Wood, whose determination is increased when he realises Lugosi could be used to massive effect in his films.
Despite it's tearjerking moments, heart felt scenes and often inspiring quotations, Ed Wood is essentially a comedy, and a very funny one at that. It's not laugh out loud comedy, but really just feel-good entertainment.
Before I run out of superlatives, I'm going to conclude by saying Ed Wood is truly a smashing movie, and if you're ever searching that film to watch when you're down, and you feel your spirit needs lifting, stick Ed Wood on. It's the type of film that makes you think you can achieve great things even if you're not potentially good at what you do.