Yet again Tim Burton has brought a masterpiece to our screens, this is indefinitely his best work following ‘fankenwenie’ (1984), and ‘batman’ (1989). It’s the story of a shy lonely man (Johnny Depp) who finds friends, a lover, and then rejection in the heart of suburbia. Like the best fairytales, the story can be read many ways. Scissorhands is arguably Burton’s most personal film, a moving portrait of an imaginative outsider who cannot touch what he desires without harming or damaging it. Tim has brought a great supply of cinematography once again, especially when he pans across the family and introduces them at the same time by doing this. While hearing slow and classical music to represent the difference in feeling from confused to happy and admiration.
Burton mixes classic fairytale themes to create an original and touching character in Edward. Taken from his gothic castle to a colourful and romanticized suburban neighborhood he changes the lives of the town’s people forever. The first half of the film is very funny, full of subtle physical comedy and gentle satire on suburban life. Edward brings his artistic skill to the town and the people almost ignore his creepy, weird and disturbed appearance. Then he begins a longing romance for Kim (Wynona Ryder), the girl he shares a house with but who seems to want nothing to do with him. He eventually wins her love, but is exploited by and then violently rejected by the town’s people.
The film is made with a skill far exceeding all of Burton’s previous works of art. The unforgettable images make this a film to remember. Every performance is amazing. Johnny Depp brings a feeling of scared emotion to his almost silent character that lingers long in the memory. I almost forgot who was playing the part. Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin are, respectively, touchingly real and hilariously blank as the parents who adopt him.
Winona Ryder brings warmth and beauty to her supporting role as the object of Edward’s affectations, who comes to love him for his artistic vision. Anthony Michael Hall is suitably menacing as the jealous jock that eventually gets his what he is deserved, and Kathy Baker funny as the sex-starved, Tom Jones-listening housewife. Finally, Vincent Price, in his last feature film role, brings extra resonance as Edward’s inventor. Some people criticize the plot holes – such as where did he get the ice? They are missing the point, as this fairytale bears no relation to the real world, except in its themes. You have to suspend your disbelief. Edward is the most normal person in the movie and it is the twisted towns people who are the real monsters, resulting in his loss of innocence.
Edward represents, among other things: a childlike imagination; the unconditional love of an animal; someone who longs for love and close affection. The famously beautiful scene where Edward makes an ice-sculpture as Kim dances in the snow is the ultimate representation of the artist communicating his feelings through his work. This film is almost perfect in its own way, even with the unfortunately sad ending. To sum up, I believe Burton will never make anything near the depth and emotion of this amazing film again. It’s funny, sad at times and visually striking. This was an outstanding movie in everyway.