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#4: Edward Scissor Hands
Is there any wonder as to why I adore this movie? It is so delightfully weird, in which I find the most appealing thing about many movies; their weirdness. Oh, and Johnny Depp, of course.
We start with an old woman, who is compelled to tell her granddaughter the origins of the snow that falls in their village; a story the old woman knows all too well. The story is of a man named Edward. Edward was quite a peculiar man, as he had scissors for hands. Invented by a scientist, who passed away before he was able to give Edward his real hands, Edward spent the majority of his life up on the top of a hill in a large home, alone. Forced to make-do with his odd hands, Edward was able to adapt to his situation without much trouble. Many years later in the town at the base of the hill, a woman named Peg Boggs is doing her local Avon sales, going from home to home for her routine visits. She find herself wondering why no one ever seems to go to the home at the top of the hill, and drives up, only to discover a man with scissor hands. Peg isn’t frightened of him for long, and asks for him to return home with her as she doesn’t want him to be alone. Edward agree to come with her, and essentially becomes an adopted member of the family. Although things move relatively smoothly in the beginning, Edwards hands prove to be both a blessing and a curse as he proves his talents to the people around him and attempts to adapt to the challenges he faces.
I can understand where people are coming from as they continue to bash film-makers like that of Tim Burton, because of the fact that he made such amazing movies in his prime, this one included. I think his partnership with Johnny is incredible in many ways, but I understand the sentiment of annoyance with it. Classic Actor/Director partnerships like theirs comes from creating masterpieces like this. They make a great movie, and attempt to recreate the magic over and over again, at times failing to rise to the challenge. They have made a couple memorable movies since then, but never at this level of excellence in my opinion. I will forever remain in this films favor.
The elegant and interesting nature of Tim Burton comes across beautifully in this movie. You are able to see his talent as a writer and as a director throughout the course of the movie, and we are given a type of visual into his mind in a sense. Very few directors are as distinctive as him, to the point where you might turn on the tv and instantly know it was his work, whether you knew the movie of not.
Johnny’s portrayal of Edward is nothing short of notable, and ridiculously cool, to say the least. Its not difficult to see that Johnny was born to act, because of the way he is able to portray such an array of interesting characters with complexities far beyond what you would expect. His approach to this character was that of a dog. Odd as it may seem, he modelled the actions and reactions after a dogs. Affectionate, sincere, unconditional and infinitely forgiving. He tries to show the innocence of Edward through the portrayal, and in my opinion, he does it brilliantly. I believe Johnny is an artist, always has been, always will be.
The delightfully creepy and quirky atmosphere of this movie gives you enough reason to keep watching, but the characters, the story and the quality of it makes it an essential to your film repertoire. The partially tragic feeling to this film in what makes it stick for me. Over the duration of the film, your views will shift from comedy, to romance to tragedy. The story is relatively unpredictable at times, making it all the more addictive and exciting. Overall, the movie is satisfyingly well rounded.
Either way, if you haven’t seen it, I hope you enjoy it! Until next time,