A message that was present throughout Ed Wood was, never to give up. The film was more of a tribute to Ed Wood and never put him down for his unwell received films. We are constantly shown the optimism in Ed Wood and grow to like his character throughout the film. With a happy ending the film goes on to promote the fact that hard work pays off, and to never give up, or as Orson Welles puts it in his films, "visions are worth fighting for". Wood's reaction to every negative moment in his life is an inspiration and reflects Orson Welles' quote.