in about 100 words or less
US 105m, Colour
Director: Tim Burton; Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin
Edward Scissorhands is a modern-day Frankenstein’s monster and a heartfelt dramatic fantasy which features Johnny Depp as Edward, a sympathetic creature who is denied expressing his love for the daughter of a caring family who takes him in after his inventor-father passes away. Told as a fairytale, Edward Scissorhands is a wonderfully sad and often amusing story. It also contrasts Burton’s eccentric notions of suburbia as a superficial, pastel coloured place against a dark and fascinating Gothic world, which both he and Edward seem to be more comfortable living within. Visually, Burton’s startling and extraordinarily garish art direction and Danny Elfman’s wonderful score combine to provide a compelling setting for a simple yet moving story (Klaus Ming March 2011).