|04.01.06||DVR|| So I successfully managed absolutely 0 outside contactfor April Fool's Day. That means I didn't get duped but it also means I might be a vampire or ghoul or something. I'd like to say I watched this movie because of that but in truth it was on a few days ago and I wanted to revisit it so I recorded it and watched it randomly late last night.|
I think this was the first Tim Burton movie that I didn't really like when I saw it for the first time. Sure there was the second Batman but with Michelle Pfeiffer in that catsuit, I figured it must be my fault, not the movie's, for not really loving it. With Ed Wood though I just didn't get it at the time... and the same with Mars Attacks... and then Sleepy Hollow hit and I haven't really liked anything of Burton's since then. I've gone back and tried to Like Mars Attacks a few times though so I figured, with my new diet of exploitation movies, that Ed Wood might fare better on me now that I had a little more of a window into what goes into conventionally-thought "bad" movies.
The result? yeah, I liked it a lot. For starters there's the photography... absolutely gorgeous. Everything looks just as it should in the best black and white possible... then there's Martin Landau's transforming performance... I always knew this was good but I don't think I ever really saw it until last night. Then there's the script which somehow manages not to feel like a biopic even though it is... and a lot of Burton's direction in this really makes me ask my self what the hell happened? To compare a movie like this with a movie like Planet of the Apes... I mean what??
So yeah, big surprise, big likey. You also get a pretty realistic (I assume) glimpse of how it is in independent movie fundraising and the compromises almost everyone has to make when working at that level... and watching Lisa Marie as Vampira, it makes sense how Burton could fall for her... until of course he traded up for a much better actor. Still though, she's got a real starlet physique. hah!