Classics: Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review

5/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers



Dir: Tim Burton

105 mins

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin


A wonderful, gothic fantasy film, Edward Scissorhands is original, memorable and aesthetically pleasing – a masterpiece of modern cinema!

A Frankenstein-esque tale with a twist, Edward (Johnny Depp) is created by a wild-haired eccentric (Vincent Price) who lives in an Addams Family-style mansion however the mansion isn’t situated in the typical setting for horror-houses or the estates of eccentric inventors. Instead, it is situated at the end of a picture-perfect, pastel-hued suburban neighbourhood where the husbands leave for work at exactly the same time and arrive home at the same time too all the while their wives gossip about the neighbours over their pastel picket fences and brightly coloured telephones.

After the death of his inventor father, Edward is brought into the neighbour properly by Avon lady Peg (Dianne Wiest) who, desperate to make a sale, decides to visit the mansion in the hope of finding a customer.

Initially, the community welcome Edward and are intrigued by his uniqueness – an incomplete creation (he has scissors instead of hands…), however as they get to know him, desire, jealously and fear make the neighbours less accepting and more hostile.

As well as all of this, there is also a love story in the mix – Edward falls for Peg’s daughter Kim (Winona Ryder).

A touching story of love and acceptance, Johnny Depp is incredible in the leading role while Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest are joined by Alan Arkin who plays Peg’s husband and Oscar-winner Kathy Bates who plays one of the communities nosey neighbours and are equally as impressive.

The cinematography within the film is also worth nothing – the sets are stunning and so aesthetically pleasing – pastel picket fences, cars and houses with a dark, gothic estate at the end of the picture-perfect street is unique and hard to achieve yet is executed perfectly on screen.

The balance in the storyline between originality, sweetness, humour and tragedy is also managed perfectly and, without spoiling too much, there is death, sacrifice, love and lust – a tale for the ages!

A must-see film, Edward Scissorhands has a sensational storyline, stunning cinematography and the acting is stellar!


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