Edward Scissorhands (1990)

You see, before he came down here, it never snowed and afterwards it did. If he weren’t up there now, I don’t think it would be snowing. Sometimes, you can still catch me dancing in it.’

Tim Burton directed this American romantic dark fantasy film about the grandmother who tells her granddaughter about a man named Edward (Johny Depp) who is created by the inventor (Vincent Price). However Edward’s creator dies of a heart attack before he can give him hands.

Edward is discovered in the castle by Avon lady Peg (Dianne West) who reassures him and offers to take him home. Here, he is introduced to Peg’s husband, teenage son and daughter Kim (Winona Ryder) whom he falls in love with immediately. As he has scissors for hands, he provides a source of help and vulnerability within the suburban community.

I have always had a curious fascination with Burton’s work from a young age. I had to write an essay about this particular film in 2015 and I have never watched this film much since then as I felt that over analysing it ruined it for me until now. Edward Scissorhands is a perfect example of how Burton uses his own experiences growing up in suburbia and the genre of the gothic fairytale to make this film what it was.

I found it ironic that Burton used Vincent Price as the Inventor due to his status in the 1940s- 1960s as the one of the king of Hammer horror during the peak of his career. He was also Burton’s  idol whilst he was growing up. Edward Scissorhands was Price’s last film before he died and he was due to have more screen time, but due to his ill health the majority of his scenes were cut.

I thought the romance between Edward and Kim to be quite sweet. Depp and Ryder were engaged at the time of the film’s production but broke up several years after.

Edward Scissorhands was the first of many collaborations between Depp and Burton. On a final note, for anyone who hasn’t seen the film, the grandmother at the start of the film reveals herself to be Kim telling the story. She believes Edward is still in his castle, but he will not grow old, unlike her.

My rating: 4.5/5

I love you.’

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