Edward Scissorhands (1990) Movie Review

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

1990 | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
105 minutes /

User Score: 60/100


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Edward Scissorhands Review

Synopsis:

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) is a 105-min American romantic dark fantasy film that was shot in several locations in California, USA and Florida, USA. Director, producer and writer Tim Burton (Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) excelled in every possible way with this fantastic fairy tale that was inspired by several things. Tim created Edward Scissorhands (1990) from a drawing he did as a teenager where the drawing reflected how he felt isolated and was unable to communicate with people around him. He got his inspiration for Edward’s hair style from Robert Smith of The Cure and asked Robert to compose the entire soundtrack for this movie, but Robert did not know who Tim Burton was and declined. Tim Burton’s take on a modern fairytale has a personal feel because it there was sympathy for an outsider, it was subtle, and the story was told gently.

Edward Scissorhands revolves around Edward (Johnny Depp) who is an unfinished artificial man with scissors for hands. The movie starts by showing us an elderly woman telling a bedtime story about where snow comes from to her granddaughter. She told her of Edward, who was a human-like boy with scissors for hands and was created by an old Inventor, who homeschooled Edward and died from a fatal heart attack just when he was about to fasten hands on Edward. Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest - I Am Sam (2001), The Lost Boys (1987), The Birdcage (1996)) was an Avon saleswoman who rescued Edward from the Gothic mansion. She found Edward living all by himself and discovered that he means no harm, so she took Edward home to live with her where he becomes friends with her family and later falls in love with Peg’s teenage daughter Kim.

Almost all of the neighbors adore Edwards skills, but it did not take long for everyone except for Peg’s family to turn their backs on Edward because of others persuading him to do wrong things. Kim’s (Winona Ryder - Black Swan (2010), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)) ex-boyfriend did something to Edward that turned him into a person we did not see earlier in the film. The ending was sad as we discover who the old lady is and why it snows every Christmas.

Vincent Price gave one of his best performances in Edward Scissorhands where he was hospitable and sinister although he was ill with emphysema and Parkinson’s disease. Edward Scissorhands was my favorite character in this fairytale with his remarkable scissor-hands and talent. Johnny Depp did an excellent job in the lead role displaying several feelings/emotions and giving us an outstanding performance. I adore the set design along with the art direction, pastel-coloured suburbs, soothingly music score, special effects, characters, and cinematography. The film had an estimated budget of $20 million and grossed over $86 million at the box office.


About Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Title: Edward Scissorhands
Year: 1990
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Reviewer:
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Aaron Lustig, Marc Macaulay, O-Lan Jones, Brett Rice, Bryan Larkin, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Michael Brown, Susan Blommaert, Nick Carter, Linda Perri, Biff Yeager, Alan Fudge, Dianne Wiest, Stuart Lancaster, Steven Brill, Conchata Ferrell, Dick Anthony Williams, Carmen J. Alexander, Sherry Ferguson, Gary Clark, Tabetha Thomas, Roland Douville, Andrew B. Clark, Tammy Boalo, Russell E. Green, Jackie Carson, Cecil Hawkins
Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson
Director: Tim Burton

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