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Ed Wood 
Reminds me why some love cinema.
4/4 stars

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I know what it's like to be told what you're doing is absurd, but when you're doing what you love, you can't be reasoned with. And no matter what anyone tells you, you will still continue your attempts at what you love. Ed Wood is a perfect example. On the outside, he was a person who made bad movies. On the inside, he was a person mad with finishing every film project he started. Not for the money. Not for the fame. For him, for doing what he loved and for achieving something, his idol being Orson Welles.
I consider this to be Johnny Depp's best performance by far and Tim Burton's best film by far.
It may not be entirely historically accurate, but if you look at it strictly as a study of Ed Wood's unconquerable ambition, it succeeds.
With many close-ups of Depp's face and angles ranging from all corners of the set, Tim Burton's direction is as pleasing to the eyes as Depp's performance is authentic.
The music to this film was done by Howard Shore, and it is great. During the final act of the film, the music roared over the screen and helped show what Wood had been trying to do the whole time and how overjoyed he was that he could live out his dream.
I also am a fan of the black-and-white tone choice in modern cinema, it's a firm reminder that even without color or sound, Ed Wood's imagination, aspiration and ingenuity overwhelmed his naiveté, blinding him from any criticism and so he continued to strive until he got what he wanted.

Whenever Wood was sitting in the director's chair on screen, I couldn't see Wood. I saw a person who loved motion pictures and the aura of ecstasy in their facial expression.

The movie reminds me why some people, even if they were completely and unquestionably untalented, made movies. Because they wanted to.


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