Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Narrative film 1: Ed Wood (1994)

Ed Wood is the work of Tim Burton paying tribute to another Hollywood legend, albeit a slightly less successful one. The film follows Wood (played by Johnny Depp) through his struggles of making terrible film after terrible film, trying to break that duct and produce a classic. However the film actually focuses on Wood's friendship with the king of horror Bela Lugosi (Martin Landua), who he tries to help make a comeback.

After watching this film, i looked back to see what Lugosi's acting was like, and the acting Landua did for this role was spectacular, making it that more of a believable showing. What i enjoyed about the film was how even though it was an up to date take on the lives of these people, it still gave you that feeling that you may well have been watching one of Wood's own films, at the same time holding a strong artistic composition on screen. One scene in particular stands out for this, when Lugosi spends the night of detox in rehab.

Ed Wood is unlike any other films i have seen before, it had everything from laugh out loud moments to tragic and frightening making it such a unique spectacle. Also in many ways it is a tribute to the love of movies, whether they are good, bad or utterly horrific.

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