Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ed Wood

Missed my horror movie watching on Friday as I was cleaning and fun stuff like that, so I made up for it a little by watching this biopic of the creator of some of the worst movies around. I have to admit that I had never seen this movie before, despite seeing quite a few of the movies he directed. As nothing else was on and I had nothing else to do and was too lazy to look for a dvd, it seemed like a good choice.

The movie is almost a dual biopic that covers all of Ed Wood and also the waning years of Bela Lugosi, who was the biggest star in his films and one of his close friends. Both roles are well played by Johnny Depp and Martin Landau respectively, with Depp as the young, cross-dressing director and Landau as a morphine addicted Lugosi. They're supported by a varied and talented cast that includes Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette as particular standouts.

Director Tim Burton's choice to use black and white instead of color is wonderful. I think it really pays off as you almost feel like you're watching a behind the scenes on the filming of Wood's movies. I think the color choice too, along with the way some scenes are framed, makes you feel like Wood is a mad scientist from Frankenstein, laughing and mad and filled with a frenetic energy that he passes along to those around him.

I am saddened that I never saw this earlier, as it gives a fun and interesting account of Ed Wood that never sagged for me in its two hour run time. It was a fun ride, often hilarious and at times touching too. If you haven't seen it and have an interest in the films of yesteryear, particular z-level horror and sci-fi, check it out.

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