YMMV / Ed Wood

YMMVs for the 1994 film Ed Wood:

  • Cult Classic: Praised by critics but almost unnoticed by the general public during its release, the movie is understandably popular with Ed Wood aficionados.
  • Funny Moments: So, so many... but watching Bela Lugosi struggle gamely with an inanimate rubber octopus in a few inches of water is a highlight (and simultaneously devastating).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Reading a review, Sarah Jessica Parker says "Do I really have a face like a horse?" She would start getting a lot of that during Sex and the City.
    • Martin Landau played Bela Lugosi, who played a popular fictional vampire. A couple of years later, Landau's daughter Juliet would play another popular fictional vampire.
    • The two main stars of the film are named Ed and Bela. The latter of which is an actor famous for playing a vampire. Cue 11 years later when a book series called Twilight stars two characters named Edward and Bella, the former of which is a "vampire."
    • Ed and his ragtag crew having to flee from the cops before they're caught shooting their No Budget film on location without a permit. This is exactly how π was made.
  • Hollywood Homely: The real Ed Wood wasn't exactly unattractive, but you think somebody played by Johnny Depp would have less of a problem getting roles.
  • Moment of Awesome: Bela beautifully re-enacting his infamous "atomic supermen" speech from Bride of the Monster in the street and receiving applause from a gathering of onlookers. Made all the more moving by the fact that this is the last time we see him alive with Ed.
  • Nausea Fuel: Bela's needle-scarred arm.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Clearly, there's not much to be said for the acting abilities of the leading man the Baptists force on Ed, but they make a lot of legitimate points about the faults of Ed's production methods, including pointing out the wobbly sets and lack of scene-to-scene continuity—things that will be pointed out by his fans for decades to come, despite Ed's insistence that no one will ever notice.
    • Along those same lines, Dolores's criticisms are all, quite frankly, true. She's just a bit harsh about it.
  • Vindicated by History: When released, this wrecked Tim Burton's golden streak and made people doubt him and Johnny Depp. Today it's considered one of his best works and one of Depp's best performances.
  • The Woobie
    • Ed himself. Particularly in the film, you can see that he has a genuine passion and love for movies, and wants desperately to make his own films, and have people love them, not for the money, but just because it's what he loves, and he wants to share his love with people. Sadly for him, the one thing he has passion for in his life, he has absolutely no talent at. Imagine being terrible at the one thing you love. Sort of breaks your heart.
    • Bela Lugosi. Full stop. By the end of his life, he was a mess, and was stuck in horrible B movies, strung out on drugs, alcohol, and painful withdrawal. Landau's performance really helps here too.
    • Dolores. While she may be harsh at times and is not readily accepting of Ed's crossdressing, she makes valid points about Ed Wood's production shoddiness and he is unintentionally insensitive to her. She holds in all her stress in so Ed can finish his movie.