Director: Tim Burton Run Time: 127 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1994
Starring: Bill Murray, Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
Ed Wood is Tim Burton’s beautifully weird film about the most notoriously bad director in film history.
From cross-dressing to epically cheap productions employing bad actors and inexpensive props, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood traces the life of Hollywood’s famously awful director. It’s a beautiful black-and-white homage to the legend of Ed Wood told in late-night horror television style. At its heart, Ed Wood is a love-story between two misfits, Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) and Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau in an Oscar winning role) who, at the time this story was told was an out-of-work actor hooked on drugs and recently released from a mental hospital. It’s their devotion to filmmaking that fuels the passion to create and is what makes Ed Wood one of Burton’s absolute best. Ironically, Ed Wood and his films such as Planet 9 from Outer Space are so well known and studied now that we need to re-think their “badness.”