in about 100 words or less
USA 127m, B&W
Director: Tim Burton; Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, Bill Murray
This movie is a cleverly written and smartly filmed dramatic comedy based loosely on the life, artistic works, and personal relationships of famed 1950s director Edward D. Wood Jr., who is best known for making some of Hollywood’s worst movies. Despite Wood’s reputation for bad film-making, Burton provides a sympathetic view of his film work and his relationship with the aging Béla Lugosi, who is brilliantly played by Martin Landau. Filmed in black and white, and with the support of a stellar cast, Burton captures the spirit of Wood’s film efforts and provides a fitting tribute to his oddly inspiring film legacy (Klaus Ming June 2009).