“Edward Scissorhands” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

27 December, 2016

Year of Release: 1990
Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: Caroline Thompson
Director of Photography: Stefan Czapsky
Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

Synopsis: A man-made boy with scissors for hands finds himself dragged into a new world after his creator dies. Treated as both a freak and an enigma within the local community, the young man falls in love with a beautiful girl but must come to terms with his place as an outcast.

Edward Scissorhands Review:

A classic Pinocchio story given a new lease of life through the eyes of Tim Burton, “Edward Scissorhands” is a snow globe of fantasy, flitting between a pastel picket fence neighbourhood and a sumptuous gothic manor. Left abandoned and alone, the naïve Edward is plucked from an already weird and wonderful world and taken to another one where he soon becomes both an ugly duckling and a drainable source of talent for local residents who treat the unfinished masterpiece like a resource to be ogled at and talked about.

“Edward Scissorhands” sees Johnny Depp melding into a role which transforms every facet of the floppy-haired pretty boy into a terrified, practically disfigured child. Created before he morphed into a ‘savvy’ touting pirate, the film disguises Depp in a razor sharp parable about growing up under the watchful eye of a small community. Made to embody the James Dean of somnambulists, the actor plays Edward in an adorable manner as he’s brought into a terrifying new environment by a nurturing mother with good intentions.

With the inclusion of Vincent Price added as an extra treat, Tim Burton crafts a truly dark fantasy with pallid edges as he reworks his trademark style into something wholly unique. “Edward Scissorhands” has its humorous moments too, from hilarious make-up experiments to frisky neighbours, but the real surprises are in the darker scenes as Burton allows the story to run its course in a violent and heart-breaking manner, leaving viewers to seek out happiness through alternative means.


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