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Edward Scissorhands is probably one of those films that everybody has seen at least once in their lifetime. It is a classic, it is a well loved film and it is a film that I find myself returning to again and again. I never tire of watching this film and on a rainy day when I am short of things to do I sometimes find myself watching this again for the third or fourth time that year.
This film tells the story of a boy, a boy who is not finished. Edward was created by his master, but unfortunately he died before he could finish Edward. One day Edward is alone in his castle on the hill, when the Avon lady comes calling. Edward is surprised by this, and stays upstairs for as long as possible. The Avon lady is a nice person, and so she comes looking for him, she investigates what happened to Edward and feels that she cannot leave him alone in his castle on the . She decides to take him to her house. Edward Scissorhands tells the story of what happened to Edward next when he began mingling with people and learning the ways of the world.
It is probably fair to say that this is one of my favourite films of all time. I really Never tire of watching this film and would happily return to it on a monthly basis. I love how the people interact with Edward. I think that they show the constant judgement and criticism that some people face in life because they look a little different. I find Edward's story a very heart-wrenching one, he should be loved and protected by people but unfortunately that is not always the case.
Edward is something of a sad guy, he had been left alone, unfinished, and it is fair to say that he is probably feeling incredibly unloved. He is always trying to be lovely to people and unfortunately they are not always so lovely in return. This film really does highlight the obstacles that people with a deformity or disfigurement occur in everyday life. This is part of why I love this film, but this is not the whole reason. I feel that Johnny Depp plays the part of Edward fantastically. He brings love, life and laughter to a character that otherwise might bring quite a depressing gloom to the film. I feel that Depp brings to life this character so well.
I love the characters in this film, I love the acting, I love the sets, the sites and the scenes all around. Each and every time that I watch this film I fall in love with it over again. Edward is such a lovable character and the fact that he has scissors for hands does not stop him from being the best character in this film. Obviously this film is centred around Edward, I know, but I just mean that the character comes to life and feels so very realistic. I can almost imagine Edward being a real person and facing these problems in his day to day life. This film is a real winner for me and I love the plot. I love seeing Edward learning about the ways of the world and meeting some nasty characters along the way too. As you can probably tell I have nothing but great things to say about this film, which is why I am rating it five out of five stars.
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****Film only review****
Director: Tim Burton
Edward Scissorhands ~ Johnny Depp
Kim ~ Winona Ryder
Peg ~ Dianne Wiest
The Inventor ~ Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands tells the story of a man who was created by an old inventor, but the inventor died before he was finished, leaving him with scissors for hands. He lives alone in the mansion until Peg Boggs, the Avon Lady comes calling. She immediately feels for Edward and takes him home with her to her pastel coloured neighbourhood. He falls for Peg's daughter Kim, who initially finds Edward weird and odd. The neighbours at first are intrigued by Edward, and very accepting on the whole, but people begin to take advantage of his naivety and kind nature and soon Edward finds himself in grave danger.
The story goes that Winona Ryder recommended Johnny Depp (her boyfriend at the time) to Tim Burton for the title role, the studio wanted Tom Cruise for the part - who talked with Burton about the part and although he was keen to do it, wanted to make several changes that indicated he didn't quite "get" Edward Scissorhands. Burton met with Depp, who at the time was massively popular with tweens in the hit TV show, 21 Jump Street; a show he hated and despite many attempts to get himself fired, they wouldn't release their iron grip on him. They did allow him to do this, however, and it was while he was working on Edward Scissorhands his lawyers found a loophole in his contract and got him out of the TV show he loathed. Why am I telling you all this? Well the context is important in relation to his performance... it's a very restrained performance, Depp doesn't have a massive amount of lines and he has to - and does exceptionally well, convey everything through his eyes. I don't think he had much trouble conveying someone who felt trapped in that way - 21 Jump Street was essentially Depp's own scissor hands. He could also relate to Edward being judged on his appearance, Johnny was seen as just a pretty boy teen idol, and was frustrated by being categorised in that way.
Vincent Price became involved because he and Burton had struck up a friendship after Price narrated Burton's short film "Vincent", about a boy obsessed with Vincent Price. (It's a great short, check it out on YouTube) Edward Scissorhands was Vincent Price's last role before his death. His role was meant to be bigger but had to be shortened because of his failing health. This meant he only appears in flashbacks but they are perfect and convey his relationship with Edward so well. It's a lovely, warm performance and it's clear that he loves Edward like a son. His last scene is very poignant and it's a nice send off for him.
Dianne Wiest is utterly charming as Peg Boggs, who takes this strange man home with her, accepting him immediately in her family. She's a very gentle soul and makes you wish there were more people out there like her! She never judges Edward, even when he gets in trouble and only wants to help him. It's a lovely performance and you really believe in her.
Winona Ryder plays the cheerleader who at first finds Edward weird and dislikes his presence in her house, but she slowly falls for him and like Depp, has big expressive doe eyes that reveal so much. Anthony Michael Hall plays Jim, he was most well known for playing the dork in The Breakfast Club and yet he plays the jock bully boyfriend perfectly.
Ultimately it's Depp's film; he is a marvel as Edward. To prepare for the film he watched a lot of Chaplin and it certainly feels like a silent film at times. His body was so restricted and it's not a dialogue heavy role, so he has to convey everything in his face. His big doe eyes show you everything he's feeling, at times so wide eyed and innocent, others glassy and sad, sometimes sparking with anger and frustration it's an exceptional performance and for me, his best. The scene where he first looks at Kim's photos, with a little smile on his face, you can see it in his eyes that he's falling in love with her. He manages to bring a lot of humour and pathos in his physicality. Depp plays Edward so perfectly, you genuinely can't see anyone else in the role
Everybody reacts to Edward in different ways. Peg is unfazed by him and wants to help him, Bill is similarly unfazed but he gives you the impression he doesn't pay much attention to anything around him! Kevin sees him like a cool toy - a novelty he quickly becomes bored of. Kim is at first appalled that he's come to live with them, but as she gets to know him she finds herself falling for him. The neighbours are intrigued by him, he injects some excitement into their boring lives. One of the neighbours Joyce, lusts after him, she's extremely predatory, (she even has nails like claws!) and when she finds she can't seduce Edward she turns against him, and this is where the neighbourhood starts to become a mob...
There are a number of great scenes, one of my favourites is 'Ice Dance'. Everything about it is perfect. It's dark outside and Kim looks out to see that it's snowing. She steps outside and sees that the snow is flying off from Edward's Ice sculpture of an angel. Kim starts to dance in the snow. It's such a beautiful scene, Danny Elfman's music swells and pulls on your heart strings, Winona Ryder looks beautiful and angelic dancing in the snow Edward is creating from his angel sculpture. It's a wonderful scene and usually the one they pick for all those 'greatest film' clip shows. The music is enchanting, it sends shivers down my spine! There's just something very pure about it.
One of the strengths of the film is that sometimes it allows the images to tell the story, it doesn't need to have lots of dialogue and exposition to let you know what's going on. It sometimes plays out like a silent film in that way. There's one very funny, sweet scene where Edward is putting on clothes Peg has laid out for him. The whole thing is silent and it just utilises Depp's flair for physical comedy and his expression.
Burton plays with ideas of beauty a lot here, something he often does, he likes making something considered ugly to be beautiful and vice versa - the neighbourhood is all bland, pretty pastel colours, nothing is out of line, but there's no personality to the place until Edward arrives. And although it's pretty at first glance, it's pretty hideous underneath it all.
The mansion where Edward lives is shrouded in darkness, in complete contrast to the town below, yet it's surrounded by Edward's beautiful topiary art. Edward's mansion is clearly influenced by German Expressionism (Burton owes much of his career to it!) The most obvious influence is The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, with Edward resembling Cesare wearing black, with his pale face, dark eyes and lips. It's a sort of Beauty and the Beast film, which links into the whole fairytale feel of the film.
The running theme is about how people judge on appearance - Edward looks scary but has a heart of gold. The Mansion on the hill looks dark and sinister but the garden within is beautiful. The town looks nice and a pleasant place to live but so many of it's inhabitants are rotten to the core, like a shiny red apple with a worm inside.
The score is by Danny Elfman, it's his favourite of his scores and it's easy to understand why. Robert Smith of The Cure was approached to do the music, but turned it down. That would have been interesting but Elfman's score is so perfect for the film you can't imagine anything else being better. It's a beautiful score, at times haunting - Elfman often uses a choir in his scores and here they can sound creepy and other times they can pull on your heart strings. It's a soundtrack I think a lot of people are familiar with (certainly if they heard it they would know it). Ice dance is probably the most recognisable, it begins sounding twinkly and gentle, the choir comes in and - this is quite embarrassing - when it comes on my ipod I have to skip it because more often than not it makes me cry. But I'm a big girl's blouse anyway. Whenever I hear it, I just think of Winona Ryder dancing in the snow. The score is peppered with some more lighthearted pieces of music as well but it's remembered more for it's more haunting, melancholic pieces. Danny Elfman has done some brilliant scores in his time, but this remains the best.
This was the first Tim Burton collaboration with Johnny Depp and it's hard to not think of one without the other. Some people might argue Ed Wood is their best collaboration, but I think Edward Scissorhands has the edge! It helped people take Depp more seriously and it put Burton on the map. It's one of Burton's most personal films - Depp said when he first met him he realised that Burton *is* Edward Scissorhands. The oddball loner is a theme that comes up often in his films but I think here it comes through the best, with Burton and Depp being kindred spirits!
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The combination of director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp has proven to be one of the most successful of the last quarter Century or so, and with good reason. They seem to share the same love for creating visual beauty, and their films often produce absolute gems within them. 20 years ago, in 1990, the pair collaborated in this beautifully dark and visually arresting film about a picket fenced community that is turned upside down by the discovery of an inventor's latest creation, the young man, Edward.
We first meet Peg (Dianne Wiest) as she goes about her day as an Avon sales lady, annoying her neighbours but seemingly oblivious to this fact. The one house she never goes to is the big, dark house on the hill, but this day, she makes the trip. There, she finds the slightly disturbing figure of a dressed in black, long spiky haired, white faced boy, with seemingly no outward emotions. But what is even more extraordinary is his hands. Instead of fingers, he has strange shaped scissor-like extensions. With the rest of the house deserted, she takes him in to her own family, with the result being the kick that the community needed. Edward Scissorhands has arrived!
What is really interesting about this film is how a community adapts to change. Instantly a fad, Edward is treated like a fairground attraction, and Peg, who was previously ignored in case she tried to sell something to them, becomes the most visited person on the street. As the quirkiness wears off, we see the fear and unrest that Edward causes some people, and the various characters end up shining in this film, provoking emotion in the viewer. I know this was how it was to me. Wiest is very good as Peg, and Depp absolutely fantastic as Edward. Walking around awkwardly and having no facial emotion, he is initially a confusing character, until we find out what is going on.
The product of an inventor (nice cameo by Vincent Price), Edward is an unfinished creation, the hands being the focal point. However, the artistic ability that the hands have to sculpt hedges, create new hairstyles and cut things precisely suggest that having scissors as hands is a benefit and not a hindrance. This is disproved at times, often with amusing consequences, and one of these is when Edward and Peg's daughter Kim first meet, with a water bed ending up the damaged victim, and Edward and Kim's panic levels rise. However, this is a funny scenario, and it's important to realise that a lot of the film has elements of comedy, albeit not laugh out loud comedy, merely clever and well scripted and acted. Winona Ryder plays Kim very well, and the spark between her and Depp is unmistakeable. The affinity between a created person and a real one is so strong in the film that you almost forget he's a bit like a Pinocchio character and not a real person.
This is something that bugs Kim's bully boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) who is sort of the film's villain, constantly trying to make him an outcast and portray him as a disruptive and dangerous addition to the community. Hall does a good job of making the viewer not like him, and there were moments where I found myself frowning at the screen, wanting him to get his come uppance.
All of this points towards director Tim Burton. Depp's acting here is fantastic, particularly the way everything has to be portrayed without facial emotion. But Burton's vision and the way the darkness of the film takes control and makes you not turn your eyes from the screen is magical. The beauty of some of the slower scenes, in particular one about dancing in the snow, is breathtaking, and some of the music from Danny Elfman is so perfectly combined with it that it rivals some of the better music of the past 50 years of cinema or so.
Overall, this is a brilliant film, and one that I can't believe it has taken me so long to watch. I suppose with Burton's films, you need to be in the right mood for them, and it is very dark, but the lightness of the script and the acting and music balance things out completely. Great direction, acting and music, and a film I highly recommend.
Edward Scissorhands has it's status already as a cult classic, being written and directed by Tim Burton and starring a young Jonny Depp, but to think of it as only a cult film would be to forget what a simply beautiful tale it is.
The film starts with Peg Boggs, Avon saleswoman, who lives in an identikit American suburb, discovering who lives in the spooky castle at the top of the hill. One young boy called Edward, the unfinished project of a kindly inventor who has been left with large scissors for hands. Peg tries to bring Edward home, integrate him into her family, which includes her husband, young son, and Winona Ryder as her teenaged daughter Kim.
At first Edward is welcomed into the community - he's different, and everyone wants a piece of him. He becomes a minor celebrity, but then Kim's wayward boyfriend Jim gets him in trouble, and before he knows it, he's treated as the outcast he's always felt he is.
Edward tries so hard to fit in, and be normal, even though he never was, and never will be. The dark aspect to the film, the way it is stylised, is classic Burton, and gives the film a deep and beautiful quality. The emotion runs deep through the scenes. The scene where the marvelous Vincent Price cameos as the Inventor, showing the development of Edward from machine to man, and his touching demise brings me to tears every single time I watch it. Every single time - and I must have seen it over twenty times.
More emotional still is his love for Kim - the slow, shy development of Edward's feelings, beautifully played by Jonny Depp, and the chemistry between him and Winona Ryder, is electric. The scene where Edward is carving a beautiful ice sculpture, and Kim, dressed for a party, is dancing in the ice which cascades down on the garden like a fresh shower of snow - mesmerising.
I can't review this film without mentioning the enchanting, touching, beautiful music by Danny Elfman, who has gone on to work with Tim Burton on a number of fims. It's haunting, it adds an extra layer to the film that I'd usually ignore or take for granted, but the music really stands up for itself.
The film won a number of awards including a Hugo and a Grammy - it was Oscar nominated but lost out, personally I would have this as an Oscar winner myself as it has stood the test of time and holds a very dear place in many people's hearts, mine included. The film is just so beautiful, and really Tim Burton has been chasing the early success he has had with it ever since. There is simply nothing to compare to it then or since.
All the actors surpass themselves, the film stars in the main:
Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands, the protagonist, but in many ways also the victim of the film. During the film Depp utters only 169 words in the entire film. That's all that was needed. Apparently Tim Burton studied Charlie Chaplin's work to understand how to elicit emotion without dialogue. I think he has done an excellent job. You fall in love with the softly spoken Edward and hardly notice he barely speaks. The face acting of Depp, of course, helps here.
Winona Ryder as Kim Boggs. The beautiful teenaged daughter of Bill and Peg Boggs. Easily led, and emotional. One of Ryder's strongest parts, tied with Girl: Interrupted.
Dianne Wiest plays Peg Boggs, the friendly local Avon lady, and surrogate mother to Edward. She is a strong woman, who stands up to anyone who might hurt her family, which she considers Edward to be a part of.
Alan Arkin as Bill Boggs, Peg's husband, who works hard, enjoys the quiet life and is slightly led by Peg. As long as he has a drink and a full belly he is happy to be the man of the house and often gives Edward 'educational' chats (including getting him blind drunk!)
Anthony Michael Hall as Jim, Kim's boyfriend. He has rich parents who are very strict, and he rebels. He sees that Edward loves Kim and is keen to exploit him for his own gain.
Kathy Baker as Joyce, the Boggs' next-door neighbour who loves appearances, gossip, and men. She is after Edward...
Robert Oliveri stars as Kevin Boggs, Kim's much younger brother, who is much loved by all. He initially stares at Edward, but comes to befriend him and accept him as part of the family.
Of course we can't forget the cameo by Vincent Price as the Inventor. His last film role, and one more fitting I cannot imagine. He was a fine actor and one of Tim Burton's good friends. The role was written especially for him and it is a fine tribute to a wonderful character actor.
All of the actors take excellent parts, there are no weak links at all.
The story is a fairy tale, in Burton's iconic deep and dark style, and it's told in that way. It doesn't end happily, but it does have a defined end-point, and it's beautiful. Honestly I don't think anyone could ask for more.
The film is said to be writer/director Tim Burton and musical director Danny Elfman's favourite film - I have to say I agree. How many films do you see in your lifetime? Hundreds? Thousands? Which is what makes this film all the more special to be, almost twenty years after it was first released to the cinemas, one of my all-time favourites. A masterpiece.
Edward Scissorhands is available at most supermarkets for around £5 and at all good online retailers for much the same. It's a vital addition to any DVD collection, in my opinion, and a strong five out of five stars. I can hear the music now.
I originally saw this film a couple of years after its release in 1991. I did like the film but as a young teenager didn't really appreciate the full impact of it. Having seen the film again recently I've realised what a truly beautiful piece it is. Edward Scissorhands was written and directed by Tim Burton and Edward was played by a relatively unknown actor at the time, Johnny Depp.
After a particularly hard day, Avon lady Peg decides to go knocking at the creepy castle at the end of the neighbourhood. She is shocked to find a man with scissors for hands all alone so she takes him into her home and introduces him to her family and friends. The community are initially sceptical, but Edward wins many of them over with his kind heart and exceptional bush trimming skills. When he falls for Peg's daughter Kim, her jealous boyfriend turns the community against him overnight leaving Edward once again hiding from the outside world.
Edward was made by an eccentric old inventor and he instantly reminds me of the misunderstood Frankenstein's monster as he is subject to prejudice because he was put together rather than being born. The ironic thing is that he is far less of a monster than many of the residents because of his pure heart. It is easy to fall in love with Edward and sympathise with him from the outset; his maker was his world and when he died Edward couldn't understand what had happened. If Peg hadn't come round he would never have ventured from the castle and although this broadens his horizons and he is introduced to many fascinating new experiences his new world also contains hurt, pain and judgement. It is easy to see a bit of ourselves in Edward, at some time or another most people have felt isolated or alone and that is why so many of us can identify with him.
Peg is a little naïve but her heart is in the right place, as time goes on though she realises that perhaps Edward was fine being alone in the castle and whatever she felt maybe she shouldn't have pulled him out of his comfort zone. It is easy to understand her motives though even if you don't agree with her actions. Kim is an interesting character, at first she is dubious of her mother's interference in Edwards's life because she is worried what others will think, making her seem somewhat selfish, but the more we see her accepting Edward the more we can see into her own pure and loving heart.
The story has the makings of a fairy tale with a misunderstood outcast living in a world not that dissimilar to our own with a deep moral message throughout. Tim Burton has made this film truly enchanting bringing you into its world from the outset and not releasing you from its grip until the end.
There is some great humour present in this film; Burton has brought a quirky style to a stereotypical suburbia that will definitely make you smile. His mickey taking of how materialist and sex crazed some of the housewives are will have you laughing and although not subtle or politically correct there is nothing offending or insulting about it.
The film does have a romantic story at its core but there is nothing corny or clichéd about the way it is presented. The messages portrayed are not at all in your face and do not press on what's right or wrong, just showing how it is and that's that.
The sets are immaculately conceived down to the smallest detail. The street is like a picture perfect 50's housing estate with the picture perfect families living inside and every detail down to the gardens and cars all fit into the scene perfectly. Edwards's original home at the end of the road is such a contrast, giving a dark and creepy feel to it because of the pastel coloured suburban backdrop.
The characters continue the enchanting theme with even Edward looking stunning despite his scars and Kim's costumes are fantastically elegant especially when she is dancing. The music pulses through the film adding feeling and depth in all the right places especially the finale. Everything you see in this film is visually stunning, indulging your eyes with stark contrasts of colour and warmth then darkness and cold.
Johnny Depp has done a fantastic job of portraying the kind hearted Edward; I think this performance was what catapulted him into Hollywood because his talents were laid bare for all to see. He makes Edward a fascinating character to watch and shows every ounce of joy, excitement, hurt and upset to the viewer that is wrenches at your heart strings and makes you want to comfort him.
Winona Ryder was completely believable as Kim, giving us all the emotions of a confused teenage girl who dying to break away from her constricting community. Diane West was an ideal choice as mother hen Peg and Alan Arkin played the father of the family well showing compassion towards Edward even though he wasn't sure his wife was making the right decision by bringing him into their home.
The supporting cast were all necessary additions. The inventor was the last role played by Vincent Price; he brought an old fashioned persona that was perfect for his gothic surroundings and obscure creations. Anthony Michael Hall was also perfectly cast as Kim's boyfriend Jim the jock
Everything seems to come together in this film. The story is complimented perfectly by the set design and costumes and the actors bring the characters to life with the help of the make up and clothes. The whole process has been brought together to make a truly inspiring and beautiful piece of film that I would hope everyone could enjoy.
Overall this is a fantastic movie that has a mixture if darkness, romance and comedy all thrown in together. It is currently available on Amazon for £3.06 with free super saver delivery which is definitely worth paying as it can be watched over and over again without getting old or tired. It is a PG as there are some scenes younger viewers may find a little scary but nothing over 12's would be worried by.
Edward Scissorhands is another Tim Burton and Johnny Depp Classic. This is one of Johnny Depps earlier films and I believe it is a master piece.
Edward (Johnny Depp) is a form of robot created by his master however unfinished as his creator sadly died before giving him his hands resulting in Edward being left with scissors in their place. Edward is later found by Avon agent Peg (Dianne Wiest) and taken back to her home. Here he manages to fall in love and become the owner of a styling studio after styling neighbours hedges and dogs into outstanding shapes. At first he is welcomed by the community however soon enough things take a turn for the worst.
The film is told as a bedtime story which helps you enjoy the plot more and really get into the story. Not once during this film will you be bored.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone seeking drama, romance and fantasy. You'll be amazed at how this grips you and pulls you into the set. The directing is so powerful, you begin to feel Edward's pain and lust for his new found love Kim (Winona Ryder).
Overall an amazing film and a well worthy watch.
Peg Boggs is an Avon saleswoman who, one day on her usual tour, decides to try selling to the big, eerie house at the edge of town. When nobody answers, she enters anyway and when she hears a sound coming from upstairs, she decides to investigate. What she finds there is a young man all in leather, with a pale, scarred face and messy black hair. Oh, and he has scissors for hands.
Peg decides to take him back to her house to meet her family, and so he could have a nice place to sleep. As the story goes on, we learn that Edward (Johnny Depp) was the creation of an inventor (Vincent Price in his last role), who wanted to give one of his machines a heart. Edward was created, but before the inventor could give him hands, he died, and Edward was stuck with scissors on his fingers.
Edward meets the local people - and becomes quite big with his ability to sculpt garden bushes and for his skills at cutting people's hair. He begins to fall in love with Peg's daughter Kim (Winona Ryder), but her boyfriend (Anthony Michael Hall) isn't pleased about it and plans to have Edward shunned from the community.
In a way, Tim Burton's wonderful and magical story is very reminiscent of the story of Frankenstein's Monster - another being who was created and given life, only to be rejected for what he was. The story is beautifully written, and flows really smoothly, mixing in emotion and softness with short, whimsical pieces of comedy.
It's shot in typical Tim Burton style, with very good use of colour (the town is all coloured in bizarre pastel colours, and decorated in simple shapes while the mansion Edward comes from is filled with gothic architecture and is, basically, all in black. It's a great way to immediatly show how out of place Edward is in this community - how much he sticks out.
A lot of the credit does go to Johnny Depp, who really does steal the scenes as Edward. He plays the quiet, awkward man to perfection and adds little quirks and movements which just make the character more complete. The rest of the cast is really good, too, but I have to say that it is Depp who wins here.
Edward Scissorhands is one of my favourite films, and I think one of the more perfect examples out there. Accompanied by Danny Elfman's haunting but almost angelic music. It's tragic, but touching and has a sort of bittersweet ending which will leave you haunted long after having seen it
I found this rather odd fairy tale 'Edward Scissorhands' from director Tim Burton visually stunning and very entertaining. Originally released in 1990, I watched this again recently on DVD.
Johnny Depp plays Edward himself who is not really a real man at all, but instead is a creation from an inventor. He looks human enough execept for one minor detail. His hands are in fact scissors. He lives a lonely, solitary life in a falling down mansion high above a local neighbourhood. It is only when the kind hearted Avon Lady Peg Boggs, played by Dianne Wiest, finds his hiding place, that Edward starts to try and integrate into the real world below.
He is embraced and befriended Peg's neighbours, espeically when he uses his hands for hairdressing, dog grooming or hedge shaping and trimming. Unfortunately things get complicated by Edward when he falls for Peg's daughter Kim played by Winona Ryder. She is a cheerleader with a boyfriend though. It is not long until Edward is forced into committing a crime by this said boyfriend and lands in trouble.
One of the things I loved about this movie, apart from the great acting skills of Johnny Depp, was the way that Tim Burton sets everything against a backdrop of an eccentric dreamlinke world. Johnny Depp excels as Edward. He is portrayed as a character who feels trapped by his imcomplete body and longs to be normal and acccepted. He manages to convey the frustrations really well and does so with few words. He is also shocked to discover that even the gentlest touch from his hands can cause pain.
Overall this is a pretty good modern day fairly tale if not a little strange at times.
Edward Scissorhands is a classic love story with a modern fairy tale kind of setting. The story starts with a small girl in bed and her grandmother telling her a tale that she knows only too well. There is a big mansion on the hill and in it lived an inventor who wanted a family but as he lived on his own he decided one day to invent a son. Unfortunately he never got round to finishing him off as he died before he fixed the boys hands on, so the boy had knives for hands instead. Edward lived in the mansion alone for years until one day an Avon lady came calling and Edward's life changed.
I thought the story was really well told in the film, I loved the way they made the mansion to look dark and frightening and then it transfered to the lovely pastel colours of the houses in the suburban town below. Even the cars were coloured and every one was bright and bubbly. It made me think of the difference in Wizard of Oz where it starts off in black and white then you get to Oz and its all coloured. Well, that was what it was like for Edward.
Johnny Depp was really good in the part of Edward, you could really believe that he was this shy, naieve boy who had never had human contact since his father had died. You felt sorry for him and wanted him to do well and when he got praise you could see his face light up just how you would expect it to. This was the part that really projected Johnny Depp into stardom and I must say I still think it was one of his very best.
Winona Ryder was good in her part too as Kim who's mother was the Avon lady who befriended Edward and decided to bring him to her home and let him be part of her family. Winona put a lot into the part and you could really feel the teenage love as she started to fall for Edward. One of the funniest parts of the film is when she first meets Edward and he pierces her water bed, it still makes me laugh even though I have seen the film countless times.
Dianne West was brilliant as Peg the Avon lady with a big heart. She made the character so believeable in a fairy tale kind of way, you could tell there was a bond between her and Edward.
The music to the film is absoutely beautiful, composed by Danny Elfman. The main tune called The Ice Dance features throughout the film and is so lovely, it makes you feel magical and Christmassy listening to it with the choir boys singing and almost musical box melody to it. You may have heard the music again recently as it has been used for the adverts for the new Dancing on Ice prgramme on ITV.
The film is now 20 years old and I can hardly believe it. The film will always be a classic and will never age.
It is directed by the wonderful Tim Burton who later directed Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber which both also starred Johnny Depp. It is rated a 12 in the UK.
I would definitely recommend this film for anyone who likes a nice romantic tale and a must for all Johnny Depp fans.
Edward: Johnny Depp
Kim: Winona Ryder
Peg: Dianne Wiest
The Inventor: Vincent Price
In a castle on a hill, there lived an inventor who was in the midst of creating another human being. However, the inventor died suddenly, leaving 'Edward' alive, but not normal; he had scissors for hands. For many years, Edward lived alone in the attic of the castle, until one day, a kind Avon lady visited the house and found him. She took him home and cared for him, teaching him everything he needed to know about the way "normal" people live. After a while, Edward fell in love with her daughter, Kim, but of course there are complications. Will Edward be able to live a "normal" life, or will he always be an outcast?
This film is an amazing tale of loneliness, love, vulnerability, popularity and downfall. Edward as a character is a kind, caring man who knows nothing of everyday life; he's like a baby who has no parents and is left to fend for himself. Johnny Depp portrays him excellently; you stop seeing him as an actor and have a real feel for the character. The film is visually stunning; Edward's hands don't look tacky or unrealistic.
Everything in the film works in sync. The characters all have chemistry due to the great acting skills, and the storyline fits together very well. The scenery is beautiful; the ice sculptures, snow, coloured houses, perfect neighbourhood, and then Edward's gothicness, the huge castle, and the shadows at every corner. Everything fits together in perfect harmony.
The film is both funny and heartwarming. It's funny because of the times when Edward does things wrong; such as poking a waterbed with his scissorhands. The heartwarming part comes later in the film, when you feel a real sense of sadness for Edward, when you realise that he's not good with fitting in. He tries his hardest to help different situations, but to the characters it looks like he's making it worse, and you find yourself screaming at the characters to make them see sense.
I fully recommend this film as it's amazing, and it will stick with you for the rest of your life.
A modern day fairy tale about a man created by an inventor. Edward is an outcast of society and has scissors for hands because his inventor did not finish making him human before he died. I watched this film as a child and loved it! Since watching it again as a 23 year old I still thoroughly enjoyed it but even more so but because I suddenly understood the film. As a child I did not realise that Edward was created using the components from the cookie factory where his inventor worked. I also didn't understand why Edward didn't like lemonade and didn't get that he was being given alcohol and being told it was 'lemonade!'
The music score is so lovely to listen to. Danny Elfman the composer creates the music for much of Tim Burton's films and he really does Edward Scissorhands justice. The story is fantastic, really different to these current action films and predictable blockbusters. This is one of my all time favorite films. The imagery in the film is inspirational, the neighborhood with little pastel coloured houses and the close knit community of the neighbors juxtaposed with the creepy castle on the hill works well. The very different characters within the film are all interesting to watch and although the film is far from reality, it is made believable. I would have loved to have seen this films adaptation in the theatre as a ballet but unfortunately it is no longer being played. A must see film!
Edward scissor hands is a must see film directed by Tim Burton. It contains the usual dark, gothy elements that Tim Burton likes to include in his films.
What I like about it:
Johnny Depp is brilliant for this role. He really brings the character to life and makes you feel each emotion with him.
I love the contrast between the two worlds. Edwards castle is on the edge of the suberbia town. It is isolated and for many years, only had Edward as the occupant. Tim Burton represents this by making the castle visually, dark and gloomy. It also implies Edwards emotions of unhappiness, lonelyness and neglect.
In contrast, the suberbia town next to Edwards castle is the complete opposite. All the houses are painted a different colour to represent the individuality of the people that live in each house, but the colours are bright pastel colours. Unlike Edwards castle, this implies that the towns people are emotionally happy. Its the little detail that Tim Burton put into this film that makes the storyline so special. Two different worlds living side by side, one not noticing the other.
That is until the Avon lady goes to Edwards castle one day and ends up bringing him home. You will smile at the excitement Edward has when he arrives at the brightly coloured town leaving the dark castle behind. Edward has a chance at joining society for the first time in his life.
Just like most other Tim Burton films, all the elements blend together well. The acting is good, the visual elements superb, the storyline is good and the character development is handled well.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Tim Burton has made many visually stunning, fantastical and whimsical films, but some of them are a bit hit and miss. However, Edward Scissorhands is his most focused and brilliant film - a visually stunning fairy tale that's also extremely moving and superbly acted.
The film opens as Peg, a failing Avon saleswoman, decides to go to a gothic mansion in the hills to hope that she can make a sale. What she finds instead is something far more interesting - a man who is dressed in a black outfit and appears to have scissors for hands. He is initially very scared, but Peg, being the maternal type, brings him from the hills into her lovely suburban home to meet the surrounding community, who are very eager to meet him.
What's most brilliant about this film is the variety of reactions to Edward, as they name him (Johnny Depp) - some decry him as a religious abomination that signals the end of the world, others see him as a novelty, who can cut their hair and their hedges, others want to use him to rob houses (as his scissors are very effective at breaking into buildings), and even one woman is intrigued at what he has going on...in THAT way, if you catch my drift.
Also interesting is Edward's reactions to the world around him - he meets Peg's daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder), with whom he is instantly infatuated, but of course, she's not at all interested. It's a very melancholic look at how difference is singled out, heckled, and even exploited. Depp really channels a lot of humanism into the role, and there's a genuine sympathy with the young man, who has never really had much of a life, living alone in the hills.
A wonderfully dark fairytale. Easily Burton's best film, this is a beautiful film that goes from terrifying, to hilarious, to tragically sad. Absolutely brilliant.
Edward (Johnny Depp) isn't your usual man, not only has he been invented by a renowned inventor who has since died but because of the premature death of his inventor Edward wasn't finished. He has been left with scissors for hands and after his inventor and only friend passed away Edward has been living in a creepy looking mansion all by himself.
That's until local Avon representative Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) makes her way into the mansion for the first time after her business is turned down by the local community. When she reaches the top floor of the mansion she is greeted by a scared and shy Edward. She takes pity on Edward and brings him to stay with her and her family consisting of her husband, son and her teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Edward quickly shows a flare and rare creative talent, he is able to use his scissor hands to his advantage, first by shaping bushes then eventually moving onto human hair. However when one of the neighbour's attempts to seduce Edward go awry the neighbourhood turn against him, it seems everyone is out to get him apart from the Boggs family. Can Edward convince people that he's merely a normal human being who wants to be accepted?
Edward Scissorhands has always been one of my all-time favourite films, I first saw it when I was young and have since seen it numerous times, each time finding something new to enjoy about it. I'm not really a fan of Tim Burton movies, there are a few exceptions to this rule (Sleepy Hollow) but most of Tim Burton's films don't seem to appeal to me which is another reason that Edward Scissorhands really sticks out in my mind.
Although I'm not a huge fan of Tim Burton's movies I do however think it's admirable to make films that don't conform to the usual Hollywood stereotype, making normal films isn't something that comes into Tm Burton's minds which is what makes him one of the most unique directors in Hollywood. He has done a fantastic job with Edward Scissorhands especially as it is one of his earliest films. If I had just switched over to watch Edward Scissorhands and had to hazard a guess at who directed it, my first guess would no doubt be Tim Burton as he has such a rare and distinctive directing ability coupled with inimitable and exclusive films make him a very interesting director.
Another aspect of his career that Tim Burton is famed for are his numerous collaborations with Johnny Depp, these two are the ultimate pairing, they may not be up there with the likes of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro or Tony Scott and Denzel Washington but to me these two are a fantastic pairing. Johnny Depp seems to be able to encapsulate anything that Tim Burton creates and has been the perfect choice for all the films in which he's starred. Johnny Depp has such a rare quality about him and is definitely one of, if not the most versatile actors in Hollywood today, giving off such an vibrant and animated charisma that no other actor manages to do. Johnny Depp can play serious or comedy roles with and recently he's tried his hand at musicals in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street which was nominated for two Oscars. Johnny Depp is fantastic in Edward Scissorhands and I know that if asked, the majority of people would say that their favourite Johnny Depp character was Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies however I'm not really a fan of those films so my answer would undoubtedly be Edward Scissorhands. I can't think of one single actor who could have portrayed Edward with such an innocent, naïve and likeable quality about him and without Johnny Depp I think the movie wouldn't have become the cult hit that it is today.
His co-star is played by Winona Ryder, she's not as unique as Johnny Depp and her role probably could have been played by lots of different actresses however I think she played the part of Kim beautifully and the relationship build up really rests on her shoulders. For Edward, it's love at first sight when he sees a picture of Kim however Kim simply sees Edward as a misfit and casts him aside in favour of her boyfriend Jim. It was brilliant to see the feelings grow from Kim towards Edward. The two actors shared great chemistry together and as they were a real-life couple at the time it's easy to see why.
The story of the film is fantastic, I was expecting it to be a light-hearted comedy film about how Edward adjusts to life living in the suburbs with his newfound family however invariably, being a Tim Burton film it has a dark side to it which is what makes it so outstanding. This film changes pace and tone very quickly and becomes a film highly centred about prejudice and intolerance. The prejudice that is shown against gentlemen Edward is very harsh and unnecessary which is what makes the audience take Edward into their hearts. This is a very relatable film for a lot of people who have experienced bullying, racism, sexism or any other form of intolerance in their lives. Edward encapsulates all those stereotypes simply because he's different and it shows how even in these modern times how society is still reluctant to accept anybody who may be even slightly different from themselves. The film harbours a strong hidden message which is what makes it so much more than a comedy film with a twist.
The comedy in the film is excellent, it's more of an understated and subtle comedy because it's not one which uses outrageous jokes or silly gags to purposely make people laugh. Tim Burton uses Edward and his awkwardness for comedy value, what's great about this film is that it doesn't make fun of Edward, he makes the audience laugh at the situations that he gets himself into not at the character himself. I always find the film very funny everytime I watch it, whether it be at Edward Piercing the water bed or him falling backwards off a chair after electrocuting himself. This is a charming and extremely subtlety funny film that the whole family can enjoy.
The film starts off a bit slow and if you're planning on watching this for the first time you need to stick with it for around 15-20 minutes before it really hits it's stride. The film then moves along at a swift pace with a running time of approximately 105 minutes.
That's my only fault regarding this film, I simply can't think of anything else worth mentioning to downgrade this film, it's as near to perfect as a film can possibly get. This, to this day remains one of my all-time favourite films after first seeing it when I was about 7 or 8 years old and not fully understanding it's underlining message. If you haven't yet seen this film then you simply must, it doesn't matter if you're not a Tim Burton fan because I'm not and I absolutely adore this film, it's not his usual style of film and for me this his standout film. Johnny Depp is also superb and this is the film that sparked so many pairings between the two of them.
The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.
The special features include:
Commentaries From Tim Burton And Danny Elfman (Composer)
Long before Tim Burton had begun murdering his reputation with pitiful remakes of Planet of the Apes and misguided adaptations of Roald Dahl books, he made films like Edward Scissorhands. Films like this would put Burton forwards as one of the most original, imaginative directors of the 90s.
Edward is a young man, built by an eccentric old inventor. Raised to be a proper gentleman, the inventor dies before Edward is finished and never given hands. Instead, Edward must cope with the makeshift "hands" made of various pairs of scissors. Living alone in an isolated house, atop a hill at the end of the street, Edward has never met another living soul. Discovered by a doorstop saleswoman, he is adopted into a typical, white suburban family. From here the film explores Edward's interactions with the community and considers serious themes on isolation.
The film is explicitly and unashamedly surreal. While the period it is set in is never specified, often the film flaunts a sense of fifties, american suburbia. While Edwards mansion is a victorian, gothic icon, the street below is a world of pastel colours, green lawns and gossipy neighbours. Edward is taken from total solitude to a world where no one has secrets. It has been said that this film is about prejudice, here I disagree. In fact, the film goes to great lengths to show that Edward is initially accepted despite his differences. Rather, I feel the film is about exploitation. The film is full of dominant and aggressive personalities overpowering weaker individuals.
The film is thoroughly absorbing due in no small part to its excellent cast. Tim Burton's favourite, Johnny Depp is here. However, Depp is one of the best chameleon's in Hollywood and hides completely in the role. Among the cartoonish, bizarre suburbanites; Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin play the parent to Edward perfectly. The only weak spot is Winona Ryder, an actress with such a small amount of charisma, I can't believe anyone casts her.
As this film is so visual, it is nice to see a high standard DVD for one relelased in 2000. At this point most films from the 90s were seeing decent DVD releases but some dreadful pictures did crop up every now and then. However, the picture here is absolutely perfect. Extras a little thin on the ground, there are too commentaries. One from Tim Burton and one from composer Danny Elfman. The only problem is that these are separate and essentially one person trying to talk to himself about a film. There are some brief interview clips and trailers but nothing worth seeing really. One nice bonus, there is a gallery of concept art, these sketches and paintings did reveal a bit about the visual development of the film and was really nice to see.
All in all, I would recommend seeing this film. It is a visual treasure and while it has a certain triteness characteristic of early 90s films, it is enjoyable.
Edward Scissorhands achieves the nearly impossible feat of capturing the delicate flavour of a fable or fairy tale in a live-action movie. The story follows a young man named Edward (Johnny Depp), who was created by an inventor (Vincent Price, in one of his last roles) who died before he could give the poor creature a pair of human hands. Edward lives alone in a ruined Gothic castle that just happens to be perched above a pastel-coloured suburb inhabited by breadwinning husbands and frustrated housewives straight out of the 1950s. One day, Peg (Dianne Wiest), the local Avon lady, comes calling. Finding Edward alone, she kindly invites him to come home with her, where she hopes to help him with his pasty complexion and those nasty nicks he's given himself with his razor-sharp fingers. Soon Edward's skill with topiary sculpture and hair design make him popular in the neighbourhood--but the mood turns just as swiftly against the outsider when he starts to feel his own desires, particularly for Peg's daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Most of director Tim Burton's movies (such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman) are visual spectacles with elements of fantasy but Edward Scissorhands is more tender and personal than the others. Edward's wild black hair is much like Burton's, suggesting that the character represents the director's own feelings of estrangement and co-option. Johnny Depp, making his first successful leap from TV to film, captures Edward's child-like vulnerability even while his physical posture evokes horror icons like the vampire in Nosferatu and the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Classic horror films, at their heart, feel a deep sympathy for the monsters they portray; simply and affectingly, Edward Scissorhands lays that heart bare. --Bret Fetzer On the DVD: Tim Burton is famed for his visual style not his ability as a raconteur, so it's no surprise to find that his directorial commentary is a little sparse. When he does open up it is to confirm that Edward Scissorhands remains his most personal and deeply felt project. The second audio commentary is by composer and regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, whose enchanting, balletic score gets an isolated music track all to itself with his remarks in-between cues. Again, for Elfman this movie remains one of his most cherished works, and it is a real musical treat to hear the entire score uninterrupted by dialogue and sound effects but illuminated by Elfman's lucid interstitial remarks. Also on the disc are some brief interview clips, a "making of" featurette and a gallery of conceptual artwork. The anamorphic widescreen print looks simply gorgeous. --Mark Walker