Title: Ed Wood
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, based on a book by Rudolph Grey
Starring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette
Music: Howard Shore
Distinctions: Oscars for best supporting actor (Landau) and makeup; currently #205 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: the hack director’s relationship with a washed-up Bela Lugosi
Length: 127 minutes
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently October 2008
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for pacing) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).
Lots of fun. Tim Burton’s style comes across interestingly when he’s shooting things that otherwise don’t look remotely like a Tim Burton movie. The music is one of Howard Shore’s only good scores. The portion of the movie between Bela Lugosi’s death and the end is disproportionately long; the movie ends at the right point in the story, but there’s just too much non-Bela material.