Firstly must apologise for updating slowly. I know it must appear that I am not going to complete the challenge but rest assured I am well on track… I have just fallen a little behind in writing up my reviews.

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Anyway the 37th film that I watched this month was Tim Burton’s biopic about the ‘worst director of all time’ Edward D. Wood Jr. (played predictably by Johnny Depp). The film showcases the life of a man without talent but a burning passion to tell stories no matter what the cost – which led to the creation of some truly memorable singer.

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Filmed in black and white the film although still very Burton in style has a lot more realism that much of his work – this is primarily due to the realism of the content; however the shadows are overly large throughout and the costumes look fantastic. It also helps that the story is hugely interesting as you see Ed Wood compromise all of his ideas as he hunts for funding and also discovers his true self.

 

The films he made where terrible – but they where made purely from his passion and that shows – no matter what went wrong he was willing to adapt to it in order to make the films cheap and fast and that has to be admired and is a nice story.

 

The film makes you ponder the question of passion over talent as well as providing many comic moments mostly coming from Johnny Depp’s performance. The film also contains a memorable performance from Martin Landau as old-time star Bela Lugosi whose career is reborn by Ed Wood.

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A fascinating picture about a fascinating man told in a style that is perfect yo look at.

 

Story – 4/5

Style – 5/5

Tech – 3/5

Enjoyment – 4/5

TOTAL: 16/20 = 8/10