A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
The tittle of the film is "Edward Scissorshands". The genre is drama and fantasy. It is about an android-man with steel scissors insyead of heands. Mrs. Boggs takes him to her homeand they slowly get used to living in a small town. It isn't basen on a book. The film is set on Earth. The film is set in modern time. Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall and others stars in the film. Johnny Depp play the main role. Edward is my favourite character in the film. Everyone should watch this movie.
This was one I had a lot of love for as a kid and it always stayed with me. Upon revisiting it I was delighted to see that a lot of the magic still is there. It really is the movie that gets the essence of Burton and his themes of an isolated dreamer. The movie still looks phenomenal and it isn't just the perfect set design. It should be studied as a example of using color and contrast to jarringly create a weird world. I remembered a lot of the scenes in the haunted mansion and laboratory but I forgot how delightful it was when the weird goth Edward was brought into the overwhelming loud suburbia with the houses and shopping centers of bright shades of pink.It is Burton creating an allegory for himself and his lack of subtlety has always sort of been a challenge for him in developing a narrative and characters to match the artistic vision. When viewed as a sort of autobiographical fairy tale it sort of comes off as self-indulgent at it's worst moments. There are too many moments of Edward being misunderstood as a monster. The bible thumping neighbor is way too much.But you sort of have to forgive it because like I said that loudness has always been Burton's storytelling achillies. As a visual fairy tale 'Edward Scissorhands' is a masterpiece. The music and look of the film alone would have done that without any dialogue.
Tim Burton crafted a wondrous and fantastical character in Edward (Johnny Depp) that directly contrasts and exposes the flaws in the mundanity and repetitiveness of suburbia. This contrast is first noticed, quite humorously, in the looming, dilapidated, haunted house on a hill lurking just at the end of the neighborhood's cul-de-sac. Peg (Dianne Wiest), a loving Avon saleslady, approaches and enters the mansion in hopes for a sale, and comes across the frightening Edward sitting in a corner with blades for fingers - a result of the inventor's (Vincent Price) sudden death. What sounds to be a cheap horror slasher movie ends up being a heartwarming tale as the town accepts (mostly) Edward for his unique hedge trimming and haircutting talents. It's not until Edward is unintentionally framed in a misdemeanor that people begin to doubt that the scissors are for good. Peg's daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder), is the only one to see through to Edward's good intentions, but that does not stop the town from going on a rampage, driving Edward to accidentally kill someone and supposedly commit suicide as well.
It displays an interesting commentary on society as a whole. Unique traits will be heralded when they are used to promote the well-being of everyone, but if the trait is misinterpreted, they will be cast away just as quickly. It's well intended that Edwards hands are made of blades, an instrument that is firstly seen as a dangerous tool and secondly as an artist's paintbrush. And it's well intended it is Edward's hands that are the affected area because hands are the most human of all body parts and he cannot physically embrace or connect with someone, representing the distance between him and everyone else. People wish to use Edward for their own gains first rather than to spend time with his as a fellow human being. But in a very beautiful twist of fate, Kim hugs him tightly and kisses him, showing that there is hope for those who are born differently.
A lot of care obviously went into set design and costume design, especially for Edward and his hands. I often wondered during the movie how they crafted the prosthetics to have moving fingers and the scissors to still be operable. Most characters were well written, except for Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) I think because his motivations felt a little underwhelming or confusing at times. Sometimes it felt as if he was needed more as a plot point to drive the story forward, especially at the end. I think if the story shifted the main antagonist to the society as a whole in which they lived, it could have ended on a more satisfying and introspective note. But either way, that's still a minor gripe. I also saw the ending monologue coming from a mile away. Overall, I really enjoyed it and it made me tear up a little, and that is always a plus.
From one humble Christian's perspective...Language level: 3 out of 5 At least one utterance of high-level profanity. Most of the movie seems fairly clean, except for a couple of words.Sexual level: 2 out of 5 Some sexual innuendo throughout. One woman removes her clothes seductively and tries to tempt.Violence level: 2 out of 5 Edward is constantly snipping things accidentally. There is a fight that leads to death.Personal Thoughts: Not as scary as one might think. It's more of a creepy comical movie than it is actually scary.