Cert: 12 Runtime: 105 mins Director: Tim Burton Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Vincent Price
The years spent in isolation have not equipped him with the tools necessary to judge right from wrong. He’s had no context. He’s been completely without guidance. Furthermore, his work – the garden sculptures, hairstyles and so forth – indicate that he’s a highly imaginative… uh… character. It seems clear that his awareness of what we call reality is radically underdeveloped.
Since I was a little boy I’ve watched Edward Scissorhands at least once or twice a year, it is truly Tim Burton’s greatest creation. An elderly woman tells a story to her granddaughter of a man with scissors for hands named Edward (Johnny Depp), the creation of an inventor (Vincent Price). He raised Edward as his son and tutored him in various subjects, but died while in the act of offering a pair of hands to Edward. Many years later, local Avon saleswoman Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), after failing to make profits in her suburban neighborhood, visits a Gothic mansion on a hill. There, she finds Edward, and convinces him to have her take him in. Edward befriends Peg’s young son, Kevin (Robert Oliveri) and her teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Peg’s neighbors become curious and thrilled at Edward’s masterful skills at hedge clipping and haircutting. However Kim’s jock boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) dislikes Edward immediately. Edward’s innocence becomes an easy target for everyone to take advantage of him as often as they can. Wither its destroying his reputation or putting him in danger, Edward was never prepared for this harsh world when he was given the kindest heart.
This is completely Tim Burton’s creation and story, he’s a very criticized director, he’s either loved or hated. Some consider his stories to be too dark and strange, but when you get inside his head, you realize this is a man who is pure genius. He thinks completely outside the box and doesn’t just resort to what Hollywood wants, he knows his audience and doesn’t insult their intelligence, he brings us a charming story about Edward Scissorhands. From the acting, Johnny Depp’s first real leading role in a movie, he’s so young and so incredibly talented. He plays Edward with perfect sympathy not over or under acting it, to be honest I’m a little surprised he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but it’s such a bizarre role, I think it was very over looked. Winona Ryder, who was dating Depp at the time, had great chemistry and was absolutely beautiful, (She was my first movie crush, I wanted to marry her). The score of the film is utterly beautiful from the genius that is Danny Elfman, it brings back childhood memories. Edward Scissorhands, despite its occasional flaws, finally gave Burton the chance to unleash his talents as a visual filmmaker along with a pretty solid story mold – the result being a sublimely dark rom-com-drama that never conforms to the typical genre clichés and becomes quite a unique film in its own little world. A must watch film.