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Ed Wood 
"Ed Wood" by Yojimbo
3/4 stars

Tim Burton was the perfect choice to create this biopic of the undisputed worst ever movie director, Edward Wood Jr., and his affection for and admiration for the man shine through. He is not portrayed as a boob or incompetent, but an ever enthusiastic and infectious amateur who would make any compromise or suffer any indignity just to make his dream of making movies come true. There's a lot of humour to be found in the story with many laugh out loud moments, mostly involving the brilliant Martin Landau who portrays screen legend Bela Lugosi as a kind of foul-mouthed Norma Desmond with a sense of humour. The cast are all wonderful in fact, making a kind of Addams family of misfits and it's very difficult not to warm to them in their struggle to attain the American dream. This heart warming story is embellished with some fantastic cinematography that echoes the atmosphere of old style horror movies perfectly, especially during the scenes when Burton lovingly recreates scenes from Wood's "masterpiece" Plan 9 From Outer Space. Typically Tim Burton in its approach, but the story beneath is a much more human one making for a fine biopic as well as valentine for the Hollywood B Movie of old.


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