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Films to See Before You Die: #52 Edward Scissorhands


Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Synopsis: While selling her Avon products door to door, Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), stumbles upon Edward (Johnny Depp), a kind soft-spoken young man who happens to have scissors for hands. Peg decides to take Edward home to live with her and her family. While at the Boggs’ house Edward is treated very nicely by Peg’s husband and son. Peg sets Edward up in her daughter Kim’s (Winona Ryder) room while she is away camping with friends for the weekend. When Kim arrives home early from camping and finds Edward in her room she is terrified and also frightens Edward in the process. Edward falls in love with Kim immediately and is always trying to do nice things for her. When it is discovered Edward has a talent for pruning bushes into works of art and the same with peoples hair Edward becomes incredibly popular. When Kim’s boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall), gets her to convince Edward to break into his house so he can steal money from his dad everything begins to go wrong. Kim feeling guilty begins to realize what a gentle soul Edward is and begins to have feelings for him. After accidently injuring Kim’s brother, Edward is ostracized from the community and is forced to run back to his home where a confrontation with Jim awaits.

Trivia: Winona Ryder dropped out of The Godfather: Part III to appear in this film. Reportedly it was Johnny Depp who actually convinced her to do so. The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager. Composer Danny Elfman said of all the films he’s composed music for, Edward Scissorhands is his favourite. Edward Scissorhands is Tim Burton’s favourite of all his films.

Why I think you should see this: This movie is one of the most creative films I have ever seen with an early glimpse at the strangely beautiful mind of Tim Burton. I cannot describe how perfect Johnny Depp is as the painfully shy Edward and this is by far Depp’s best role. The biggest surprise in this film is Anthony Michael Hall who previously was the little nerdy kid in films does an amazing job as the Kim’s bully of a boyfriend Jim. I love this movie so much it has such a big heart and I urge you to watch it or watch it again.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

3 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #52 Edward Scissorhands

  1. noa834 ⋅

    Great review! I will watch it again

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