Edward Davis Wood Jr aka Ed Wood was an outcast and eternal optimist who wanted to tell stories. An aspiring filmmaker who helped create the cult and midnight canon with films like Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Glen or Glenda (1953), Wood was a disastrous pioneer and visionary who believed in the power of storytelling so much so he often didn’t worry about the details. Tim Burton’s lovingly camp and satirical biopic of Wood came at a time when Burton could have done almost anything after hits like Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). The film doesn’t shy away from the queer aspects of Wood’s life such as cross-dressing making it part of Wood and his humanity rather than something to laugh at. Ed Wood is one of the strangest films about filmmaking and one of the most joyful films about being yourself.
Directed by Tim Burton
2hr 7m | Rated R