the ed wood screenplay doesn't deserve any slag. it's a marvel of good writing and structure, and burton edited the film the same way. you can watch the film with a clock, and the structure sings. it's a great arrangement of of plot points and sub plots. it's right in the pocket time wise. if it had been written for a film school project, it would get an 'A.'
what a lot of people complain about is that in the film ed has the complexity of a big, happy M&M. but if you watch the documentaries, ed was a happy go lucky guy till the later part of his life. the film only covers till PLAN 9 in 1956, ed hit the skids in the 60s, so some of that crit is not deserved.
if anyone wants a good read on ed, THE NIGHTMARE OF ECSTASY, is a worthy offering. and especially his later years. the last chapter of this book, ed's downfall, dropped my jaw.
also, any one notice burton's film of ed wood has touch of evil lighting? didn't surprise me one bit. lots of welles in his work. has any one compared the ending of the stranger, and the ending of batman 1? has any one noticed in batman 2 the sleigh? the kane like estate? something or other zooming through the sign atop a gate to the kane like estate much the same as el rancho sign in kane?
and hadji, of course i knew ed's friends thought he resembled errol flynn, and since we are on a welles site talking about ed, ed resembled flynn, and flynn was friends with welles, i felt the flynn post was right in with the spirit of things. though i never thought ed looked like flynn. he looks more like wilbur from MR. ED.