Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice, Big Fish) creates a community full of small, one-story, homes covered in single-toned pastel colors. At the edges of this community is a tall, peaking hill with a single, dark, dingy house where an old inventor (Vincent Price) lives. One of his inventions is of a man who he named Edward (Johnny Depp). Edward has scissors in place of hands, but only temporarily until true hands can be placed, but the inventor dies before he can transform Edward into a true man. Edward remains in the house for an unknown amount of time until one day Peg (Dianne Wiest) comes to the house to sell Avon products. She is a kind spirit and when she sees Edward she decides to take him home with her and help him live in society. Edward struggles with the tasks of daily living until he discovers a knack for hedge trimming and haircutting. The whole community finds him fascinating but his innocent side gets the best of him when others take advantage of him… causing Edward to release aggressions outwardly.
In the first pairing of Burton and Depp, Edward Scissorhands is the story of how innocence can be taken advantage of and when pushed too far, it snaps as derived by instinct. Edward is kind at heart and no one except Peg can see this. They just want to use him for their own selfish gain and when it goes too far, they abandon him. He is left feeling sad, broken and hurt, and when he is provoked, he takes his aggression out on the people of the community. Kim (Winona Ryder), who is Peg’s daughter, falls in love with Edward, but her boyfriend gets in the way and causes Edwards hostility. Although bittersweet, Kim is able to give Edward his true life back and allow him to live without fear. Some might take Edward Scissorhands as a suspense/horror film if seen too young, but it is a story of humanity and what happens if even the most innocent is pushed too far. Coming sandwiched between Burton’s 2 Batman movies, Edward Scissorhands is a true example of what Tim Burton is all about.
8/10 Stars – The 1st half drags, but the 2nd half shines!
Poor Edward Scissorhands, that is always my first thought when I see or hear about this movie. Everything about Edward Scissorhands is Tim Burton’s classic style of contract between dark and colorful. Despite Johnny Depp’s lack of lines his acting is pretty darn good. His facial expressions say it all. Don’t let this one slip through the cracks just because you think it is a horror, because it really isn’t. It is a beautiful piece on human nature and how we all have our dark sides if pushed to our limits.
8/10 Stars – An intriguing look at our somewhat flawed humanity.
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