Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Edward Scissorhands Review

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 Romantic fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. The film is about an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation, who has scissors for hands.

“The well-behaved, lonely and freakish looking lad (adorned with an electric-shock hairdo and a black leather outfit, and an appearance that is a cross between Michael Jackson and a punk rocker.” (Schwartz, 2008) Probably the most eye catching thing in the film is Edward Scissorhands himself with his fuzzy hair and gothic suit what makes him stand out from the dull suburbia scenery. The scares on Edwards face are simply scares from his scissor hands but maybe have reason to show that Edward has scares on the inside and that might be why he acts nervous and shy at the start of the film.

“Fine performances all around, particularly from Depp and the immensely sympathetic Wiest.” (Guide, 2008)The acting in the film is great, especially from Johnny Depp, his character becomes very easy to believe and understand, Edward has a mind of a kid and has only socialised with his inventor but his inventor dies before finishing him so Edward has spent a lot of his time on his own so he hasn’t had a chance to grow up and act correctly with other people until the Avon lady takes him to live with her family in the suburbia environment. Where Edward learns to socialise with other people and becomes a celebrity within the neighbourhood as he has amazing cutting skills with his hands which can be skilful or deadly.  

“Yet I loved the film simply for the character of Edward, who is Burton's purest achievement as a director so far.” (Gleiberman, 1990). The film is probably mainly remembered not for the story of how the film looks but for the character Edward Scissorhands simple because the character is unique. The innocence of the teenager who is so calm and in control of his actions with deadly scissors for hands that could easily go on a mascara but instead the shy teenager keeps himself to himself.  



1 comment:

  1. watch your spelling, Lloyd - you've got scares instead of 'scars' - and there's not much here from a production design point-of-view?