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Edward Scissorhands

  • 1990
  • PG-13
  • 105min
  • 89%
  • 7.9 / 10

A mad inventor creates one of his masterpieces: a young man named Edward. Unfortunately, the inventor dies even before Edward’s completion, leaving the man with scissor blades for hands. Thankfully, a warmhearted saleswoman named Peg discovers and decides to take him in. He falls for Peg’s teenage daughter, Kim. However, Edward’s odd hands still put him in isolation.

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The idea for Edward Scissorhands came from Tim Burton’s drawing during his adolescent years. The drawing, much like Edward, is that of a thin man whose fingers are sharp blades. This reflected Burton’s feeling of being an outcast. As a teenager, he had always felt out of place among his peers and found it difficult to get along with people in suburban Burbank. Though he made friends then, Burton was not good at maintaining friendships as he felt that people would eventually leave him for no apparent reason.

As early as the pre-production of Beetlejuice (1988), Burton hired Caroline Thompson to come up with a screenplay for Edward Scissorhands. At the time, Thompson was still an aspiring novelist hoping to gain some spotlight in the industry, and Burton had found wonder in her short novel First Born, which is about a pregnant woman who becomes haunted after deciding to abort her child. The director felt that the short novel carry some themes that he wanted Edward Scissorhands to possess. When Thompson presented her script to Burton, the film immediately went into development.

Edward Scissorhands movie review

A spiky-haired eccentric man touches base around the local area and exhibits a phenomenal inventiveness, which begs the question: where did film aficionado Tim Burton get Edward Scissorhands’ origin? Absolutely, Burton's awakened creative side has an obviously close to home feel. It is told delicately, unpretentiously, and of course, with unending compassion toward an outcast who charms local people but coincidentally stirs their sensibilities.

The look of the film is astoundingly magnificent, with a mansion plonked on the edge of a pastel-shaded American suburb, where the husbands go to the workplace at the same time while the wives heat crusty fruit-filled treats and tattle over the greenery enclosure fence.

Into this busy yet beautiful frenzy comes Edward, played by Johnny Depp, a man with an alarming exhibit of well-sharpened cutting edges rather than hands. He is brought into the community by saleswoman Peg, played by Diane West, who is edgy to make a deal. At first, the neighbors are fascinated with Edward - they are cordial and astounded by his abilities. However, as they become acquainted with him, he falls for Peg's little girl Kim, played by Winona Ryder. Desire, insatiability, and envy bloom hazily.

The film’s narrative is heavily accentuated by its bright and dedicated cast. Johnny Depp is thrilling in the titular role, gathering uneasiness, despair, and guiltlessness with unfortunate conviction. Also, it's all in the eyes: his exchange is sliced deep down insignificant. Winona Ryder’s acting fits perfectly into the character of Kim. She exudes flair that charmingly suits Burton's vision. This was to be expected of a director who fuels character development while putting paramount importance to the setting and special effects. Overall, the film is bound with humor and humanity as it probes the pitfalls of every outcast. Like every fantasy, it bears unending reiteration.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990) is a romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay written by Caroline Thompson. Its story was conceived and developed by Burton and Thompson themselves. The film stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in the lead cast. Edward Scissorhands also features Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, and Alan Arkin. Produced by Denise Di Novi and Burton, the film was budgeted at $20 million and earned over $90 million at the box office.