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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Movie Review: Ed Wood

This movie is about the legendary B-Movie director Ed Wood, who wore women's undergarments under his clothes so that he could get closer to women in a way that would make him feel comfortable as well.

Tim Burton delivers a great film with Johnny Depp as Ed Wood, and Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi (A large portion of the film deals with Ed Wood's friendship with Lugosi in his old age, if you don't know, Bela Lugosi played Dracula in the old monster movies). The choice to film this in black and white is a tribute to Ed Wood's films, and the old classic horror films of yore.

Throughout this movie, Ed Wood develops in his filmmaking, despite the poor reviews he got for them. Starting with his film "Glen or Glenda?", a film about a transvestite quite like himself, which originated from the life story of another person that he changed to his liking, to "Bride of the Monster", which was a mad scientist film starring Bela Lugosi, and finally, Wood's Magnum Opus, "Plan 9 From Outer Space", the film made using footage of Bela Lugosi before he died and created to Wood's dream of a film where he controlled everything instead of the producers doing it for him.

The film is reasonably accurate in what actually happened being represented on screen, Ed Wood really did wear women's clothing under his miltary uniform during WWII, and Bela Lugosi really did go to rehab for his drug addiction. I see that Tim Burton knows the subject and the era of Ed Wood's career well, and he's done a very good job at recreating it for cinema.

I give this Ten "Angora Sweaters" out of Ten. It's that good a movie. See it one day, you won't regret it.

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