How can anyone forget that in 1990, director Tim Burton brought us the story of a unique young man known as “Edward Scissorhands” now on Bluray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Telling the story to her granddaughter, an elderly woman speaks about Edward (Johnny Depp) is a young man who lives in a castle on the hill. After the passing of his beloved maker (Vincent Price), Edward made a life of beauty. In the town below lived Peg (Diane West), an Avon Representative who decides to find a new customer in the unlikely of places.
In the castle she finds Edward who is very shy and Peg decides she has found her new mission! Taking him home, she introduces Edward to husband Bill (Alan Arkin), son Kevin (Robert Oliveri) and daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Having the young man in home life surroundings proves to have its challenges with his sharp scissors for fingers.
Edward takes an immediately heart liking to Kim but sees she is hanging out with Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) who thinks he’s a big man on school campus. Peg discovers by accident that Edward has a talent for sculpting hair and invites friends Joyce (Kathy Baker) to sample.
His success is crazy and some people will do anything to stop it. Jim takes advantage of Edward’s naïveté and religious zealot neighbor Esmeralda (O-Lan Jones) is looking for any reason to bring him down. Kim realizes what is happening and tells Edward of her feelings for him, but not before chaos happens!
Sometimes love comes in a sharper package!
Depp as Edward is phenomenal beyond belief. This character is endearing before there is a face to see! There is such a heartbreaking sadness to Depp’s portrayal yet it doesn’t diminish the hope that people will get their act together. Bill, Kevin, Peg and Kim see what the audience does, a beauty that is compelling and Depp is responsible for making that happen.
Ryder as Kim really plays to the character of a girl who is trying to follow the norms but when she meets Edward something in her changes. Edward has a problem fitting in and Kim knows her fitting in isn’t truly who she is. It’s enjoyable watching the transformation that Ryder brings to this character, and she looks lovely doing it.
West as Peg is just as endearing as Edward so it’s easy to see why those two characters mesh so well. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to go home with Peg! West gives her such a sweetness and is so supportive of her family, even if they are a little nutty at times. Arkin as Bill truly believes in Edward seeing past the hands.
Hall as Jim is just the douche bag he needs to be. It is so interesting that Hall can be sweet with some character he plays and flip a switch to the character of Jim. Baker as Joyce is that creepy neighbor lady that I’d stay away from at all costs! Yes, she thinks she’s helping but really is only in it for herself and taking anyone down is almost fun for her.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Edward Scissorhands: The 25th Anniversary Edition” five tubs of popcorn out of five. What is there to not love about this character and story. There was such amazing beauty the first time I saw the film and that beauty continues every time I have seen it since.
The Bluray just gives more to love with a vibrant way to view at home the mix of bright colors and darkness that reflects emotions without words. The cinematography and music are haunting and sometimes brings a tear (yes, I admit it!). “Edward Scissorhands” was actually nominated for Best Make-Up, as it should have been.
The 25th Anniversary Gift Set comes with a beautifully re-mastered all knew 4K Bluray, Digital HD along with custom paper dolls, a heart shaped cookie cutter and a topiary air freshener that smells like fresh cut grass.
Tim Burton creates films that are impossible not to love, at least for me and mine. My introduction to his work came with “Edward Scissorhands” and then THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS came along my whole family was in line to see it. From CABIN BOY to ED WOOD to CORPSE BRIDE and FRANKENWEENIE the list is endless and we adore every frame of his work.
In the end — innocence is what he knows and beauty is what she sees!