Movie: Edward Scissorhands
Release Date: December 7, 1990
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin.
Tag Lines: “His scars run deep.”
“The story of an uncommonly gentle man.”
“Innocence is what he knows. Beauty is what she sees.”
“Edward Was Here….”
“His story will touch you, even though he can’t.”
“The Director Of “Batman” & “Beetlejuice” Invites You To Meet His Newest Creation.”
“Edward lived alone where he could hurt no one and no one could hurt him. Until the day the Avon Lady came calling…”
Relevance: At age nineteen and finishing up my first Sophomore semester in college, I still didn’t know who or what I really was yet. The bullying I endured in high school continued in college and I was introverted and alone as ever. I always put on a brave front, smiling on the outside, frowning on the inside. But no matter who I may have fooled, I constantly felt like a loser and a freak.
Enter ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ Over that holiday break, I went to see the film in theaters with a small group of friends. I was instantly entranced and connected immediately with the character of Edward. I may not have had scissors for hands or been hidden from the world in a castle, but I knew that feeling of isolation oh so well. I left the theater with a sense of hope that one day I might be able to shed my skin of insecurities.
I visited this film a lot throughout my life. Anytime I was feeling particularly blue, it was the perfect antidote. Anytime that I needed reassurance that things would get better, I would watch it again. I have always felt a sense of comfort from art and this film was a prime example of that feeling.
‘Edward Scissorhands’ was the first time that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on film. It is the fourth of Mr. Burton’s films to appear on my list of most influential movies of all time. (For the other three see 315. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 300. Mars Attacks! and 293. Ed Wood.) Since he is one of my favorite directors it is no surprise that he still has three more movies to go. Similarly, this is Johnny Depps’ fourth of seven films to appear as part of this project. Two of them, ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and ‘Ed Wood’ were with Tim Burton (see above), the third was ‘Chocolat.’ (see 302. Chocolat) For me, their collaborations are pure perfection. Even the movies that don’t necessarily make my cut on this list are still creative gems that should be checked out. But the first one, at least for me, is the sweetest,
Today’s Thoughts: ‘Edward Scissorhands’ is the warm blanket I needed on a cold, rainy, windy Spring day like today. Even though I have watched this movie numerous times before, I never tire of it. Despite its somber tone, its inner sweetness does nothing but bring me joy.
The worlds that Tim Burton creates are so wonderfully easy to get lost in and this one is no exception. Even if you didn’t know he directed the film, you would figure it out by its first few moments. The sets, makeup and costumes become characters themselves and the audience is fully immersed into his vision. What he accomplishes is simply magical.
The entire cast is phenomenal. Johnny Depp is terrific as the lovable freak in this modern fairy tale. Without uttering too many words, he is able to emote the right amount of comedy, horror and romance to the character. Melancholic to perfection, you just want to give Edward a great big hug and hold him. But you can’t. His chemistry with Winona Ryder is absolutely wonderful. Dianne Wiest, one of my favorites, is delightful in the film and Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker as well as an evil Anthony Michael Hall are equally impressive.
“Edward Scissorhands’ is a whimsical and fun comic fable that could (and should) be enjoyed by everyone from ages five to a hundred and five. “No matter what, Edward will always be special.”
Awards: Academy Award for Best Makeup, Ve Neill, Stan Winston (nomination). Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Johnny Depp (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Bo Welch (winner), BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design, Colleen Atwood (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Makeup, Ve Neill (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects, Stan Winston (nomination). Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Dianne Wiest (nomination), National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Dianne Wiest (nomination), New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography, Stefan Czapsky (nomination).
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