Director: Tim Burton
Ed Wood, generally considered to have made some of the trashiest films ever committed to celluloid (Glen or Glenda, Plan9 from Outerspace, I married a Monster) finally gets the star treatment he always dreamt of, in Tim Burton's beguiling and decidedly off-beat homage to the king of the Golden Turkey!
Obviously enamoured of his subject matter, the wildly creative Burton gives Ed Wood the full benefit of his off-kilter aesthetic, elevating the comic saga of this overwhelming underachiever from a cult to a religion—he chose to switch studios rather than abandon shooting the film in gloriously cheesy black and white.
Johnny Depp plays the eccentric Wood-obsessed dreamer whose passion for filmmaking is only surpassed by his lack of talent and obsession for wearing women's clothing-with infectious and irrepressible zeal, but Martin Landau's Oscar-winning performance steals the day as the bellicose Bela Lugosi (star of Woods first features), the horror film has-been with a morphine addiction.
As the dank aroma of the skid row exploitation B-movie evaporates in the simulated tinsel town sunlight, some may wonder whether mainstream America was ready for a dramatised biography of a transvestite alcoholic (and eventual softcore pornographer), but never doubt that this hysterical feelgood tragedy is one of the best films of Tim Burton's eclectic career.