Edward Scissorhands

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With his electric-shock hairdo and kinky black gear, Edward (Depp) is a model of trendy respectability - except for one thing. This man-made creature has got shears instead of hands, because his creator (Price) died mid-project. He sits lonely and lethal in his gloomy mansion, until the Avon Lady (Wiest) comes to call. She invites him home, and he proceeds to dazzle her family and neighbours with his flair for topiary and surreal hair-styling. With its skewed vision of suburbia, Burton's film bears comparison with his earlier Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. It's a visual treat, complete with pastel bungalows, surreal shrubbery and grotesque outfits, but it remains curiously hollow.
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1990

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105 mins

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SCREEN_pASS

I'm consistently amazed that so many people like such a dumb movie. Attach a bunch of blades to a man's hands and give him a sappy love story. I found it unbelievable and boring.

Iskrahol

I admire both Depp and Burton but just find it impossible to accept the basic premise; for mission impossible replace survival impossible.......for me just unacceptably impossible.

bronskibeat

I love this film. Everything from the stunning visuals, witty dialogue, and sweet story is fantastic.

bronskibeat

I love this film. Everything from the stunning visuals, witty dialogue, and sweet story is fantastic.

lee

one of the best Burton/Depp collab. the first one I have ever seen. Fell in love with Edward when I first saw this. The ending still makes me sad. I don't want hands like his. I can't imagine not being able to touch those I love. Poor Edward.

lee

one of the best Burton/Depp collab. the first one I have ever seen. Fell in love with Edward when I first saw this. The ending still makes me sad. I don't want hands like his. I can't imagine not being able to touch those I love. Poor Edward.

Bailey

this is one of the best movies ever made and I love it and it is my all time and old and new time favorite movie and RENT IT and it a comedy drama romance fantasy brilliant and best movie and I am a huge JD fan and W R fan and it is a love sory

Bailey

this is one of the best movies ever made and I love it and it is my all time and old and new time favorite movie and RENT IT and it a comedy drama romance fantasy brilliant and best movie and I am a huge JD fan and W R fan and it is a love sory

PB

This film is quite good - much better than the last one we had to review for English Language.

PB

This film is quite good - much better than the last one we had to review for English Language.

Declan Howden

I love this film - JD is superb and I want hands like his. Oh God I love those hands.HANDSHANDSHANDSHANDS!

Declan Howden

I love this film - JD is superb and I want hands like his. Oh God I love those hands.HANDSHANDSHANDSHANDS!

Rose

Tim Burton co-writes and directs this fantastic gothic fairytale which will be a classic to stand aside such works as Beetlejuice (1988), or Sweeney Todd (2007). Set deep in suburban conformist America, an Avon lady by the name of Peg Boggs (Diane Wiest) fails to make profits in her neighbourhood, she decides to take a trip to an apparently deserted mock horror castle in search of clients. She discovers a stunning topiary garden, a dilapidated dwelling and a creature – a creature called Edward (Jonny Depp). The peculiar inventor who created him died before his completion, leaving him unfinished: without real hands – just many razor-sharp scissor blades. The film documents his travel into vibrant American life; his attempts to be normal and finding the love he needed. The film truly begins with a somewhat colourful neighbourhood. All the houses are identical; all cars are identical but different colours. This is obviously a comment on the feeble attempt of conformist Americans to assert some individuality – and failing miserably. Throughout the film there are constant remarks about conformist America. Such things as the housewives and their view on a newcomer give us mixed opinions of them. The response to Edward appearing is one of over interest and for one in particular, attraction. This could mean that the wives are not given enough attention from their husbands and that their husbands are in charge, but complete contradictions of this; are the husbands. It is plain to see that the husbands are restrained, trained and really do not give much interest. Edward falls in love with Kim, (Winona Ryder) the beautiful daughter of Peg, but she is in a doomed relationship with her thuggish boyfriend, Jim (Anthony Michael Hall). As she learns what he would do to make her happy, she realizes her love for him - with tragic results. The always popular Edward begins a new life in suburbia: Using his marvellous scissor hands for cutting shrubs into great sculptures, trimming dog’s fur and styling women’s hair. Edward is played by a young Jonny Depp. His acting surely does this film justice, and I could not imagine any other actor doing a better job. Principally non-vocal, facial acting is key. Depp is incredible. As for his aesthetics, the scars and paleness look real and add to the sympathy that you should certainly feel for him. His clothes are complicated and for the most part leather with metal rings and zips from this he looks well kept and clean - but his hair tells another story. Edward becomes a freak show, little more than an animal trapped in a circus. His problems with the law leave him with a mark against his name, although he will be alright – he will survive, he is unable to comprehend what is right and what is wrong – luckily the fact that he is shy stops him from daring to do much wrong.Towards the beginning, the townsfolk regard Edward with curiosity and want to make him one of them, we know this because when Edward is on T.V. a gentleman in the audience says: ‘I have a doctor friend’ – he thinks Edward should have his hands fixed, to no longer be strange, no longer be special but Peg puts in nicely when she tells us that ‘Edward will always be special.’ Edward proceeds in his time on the television to electrocute himself during an uncomfortable moment about his love life. Vincent Price (well known for his gothic and creepy performances) plays an unusually small, but vital part: the inventor. Somewhat eccentric, one cannot help but find him comparable to Dr. Frankenstein (Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly). He too had created what many would think was a monster, but Edward was remarkably tame. Although overall this is an amazing film, there are variously plot holes. Overlooking this, the story is romantic yet has enough substance to appeal to more than just teenage females. Throughout there are experiences which could be related to by many, from the day to day life of Peg, to the view of an outsider in a tight knit community.

Rose

Tim Burton co-writes and directs this fantastic gothic fairytale which will be a classic to stand aside such works as Beetlejuice (1988), or Sweeney Todd (2007). Set deep in suburban conformist America, an Avon lady by the name of Peg Boggs (Diane Wiest) fails to make profits in her neighbourhood, she decides to take a trip to an apparently deserted mock horror castle in search of clients. She discovers a stunning topiary garden, a dilapidated dwelling and a creature – a creature called Edward (Jonny Depp). The peculiar inventor who created him died before his completion, leaving him unfinished: without real hands – just many razor-sharp scissor blades. The film documents his travel into vibrant American life; his attempts to be normal and finding the love he needed. The film truly begins with a somewhat colourful neighbourhood. All the houses are identical; all cars are identical but different colours. This is obviously a comment on the feeble attempt of conformist Americans to assert some individuality – and failing miserably. Throughout the film there are constant remarks about conformist America. Such things as the housewives and their view on a newcomer give us mixed opinions of them. The response to Edward appearing is one of over interest and for one in particular, attraction. This could mean that the wives are not given enough attention from their husbands and that their husbands are in charge, but complete contradictions of this; are the husbands. It is plain to see that the husbands are restrained, trained and really do not give much interest. Edward falls in love with Kim, (Winona Ryder) the beautiful daughter of Peg, but she is in a doomed relationship with her thuggish boyfriend, Jim (Anthony Michael Hall). As she learns what he would do to make her happy, she realizes her love for him - with tragic results. The always popular Edward begins a new life in suburbia: Using his marvellous scissor hands for cutting shrubs into great sculptures, trimming dog’s fur and styling women’s hair. Edward is played by a young Jonny Depp. His acting surely does this film justice, and I could not imagine any other actor doing a better job. Principally non-vocal, facial acting is key. Depp is incredible. As for his aesthetics, the scars and paleness look real and add to the sympathy that you should certainly feel for him. His clothes are complicated and for the most part leather with metal rings and zips from this he looks well kept and clean - but his hair tells another story. Edward becomes a freak show, little more than an animal trapped in a circus. His problems with the law leave him with a mark against his name, although he will be alright – he will survive, he is unable to comprehend what is right and what is wrong – luckily the fact that he is shy stops him from daring to do much wrong.Towards the beginning, the townsfolk regard Edward with curiosity and want to make him one of them, we know this because when Edward is on T.V. a gentleman in the audience says: ‘I have a doctor friend’ – he thinks Edward should have his hands fixed, to no longer be strange, no longer be special but Peg puts in nicely when she tells us that ‘Edward will always be special.’ Edward proceeds in his time on the television to electrocute himself during an uncomfortable moment about his love life. Vincent Price (well known for his gothic and creepy performances) plays an unusually small, but vital part: the inventor. Somewhat eccentric, one cannot help but find him comparable to Dr. Frankenstein (Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly). He too had created what many would think was a monster, but Edward was remarkably tame. Although overall this is an amazing film, there are variously plot holes. Overlooking this, the story is romantic yet has enough substance to appeal to more than just teenage females. Throughout there are experiences which could be related to by many, from the day to day life of Peg, to the view of an outsider in a tight knit community.

Molz

Edward scissorhands is a great movie with the genre or horror/fairytale. Edward scissorhands is a great charachter with alot of grey matted hair and blades for hands, yet he has a great sense of humour and is a loving person. at the start of the film, the townspeople want to take advantage of him by puting him on TV shows and trying to change him into a normal persin. we can tell this my the way the always say,"I have this doctor friend..." By the end of the film the fun wears off for the townspeople and they just see edward as a freak and call for his blood. at the end of the movie, the audience find that it has been kim narating the story all along adn she is passing the story of how it started to snow the year edward came into town.

Molz

Edward scissorhands is a great movie with the genre or horror/fairytale. Edward scissorhands is a great charachter with alot of grey matted hair and blades for hands, yet he has a great sense of humour and is a loving person. at the start of the film, the townspeople want to take advantage of him by puting him on TV shows and trying to change him into a normal persin. we can tell this my the way the always say,"I have this doctor friend..." By the end of the film the fun wears off for the townspeople and they just see edward as a freak and call for his blood. at the end of the movie, the audience find that it has been kim narating the story all along adn she is passing the story of how it started to snow the year edward came into town.