Edward
Scissorhands
 (1990)


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 Edward
Scissorhands
is
a
fairytale
film
that
was
directed
by
Tim
Burton
and
 released
in
1990.
The
story
revolves
around
a
young
man,
named
Edward;
the
 creation
by
a
kooky
inventor
who
died
before
he
could
finish
his
project,
leaving
 Edward
with
scissors
instead
of
hands.
Edward
lives
atop
a
hill
in
a
spooky
old
 mansion
until
local
Avon
lady,
Pegg,
dares
to
venture
inside
and
discovers
him.

 Overcome
with
a
sense
of
goodwill
and
humanity
Pegg
whisks
Edward
away
 back
to
her
home
to
look
after
him,
unaware
of
the
havoc
about
to
break
loose
 with
her
newfound
guest.

 
 What
is
first
and
foremost
striking
about
this
film
is
its
set
and
character
design,
 although
from
Director
Tim
Burton
that
is
now
something
to
be
expected.
The
 character
of
Edward,
(played
by
Johnny
Depp)
is
a
sharp,
black
clad,
pale
figure,
 with
wild
hair
and
permanently
sad
eyes.
A
character
one
immediately
coos
at
 although
recoils
slightly
at
the
sight
of
his
glinting
instrumental
hands.
The
 Mansion
is
clearly
the
place
in
which
Edward
belongs,
the
colour
schemes
dictate
 as
much
as
the
exaggerated
set.
It
is
almost
eye
watering
to
see
Edward’s
 character
being
dropped
into
Peg’s
world,
described
as
‘a '50s
subdivision
sprung
 seemingly
from
nowhere
and
nestled
improbably
against
a
Munsters­style
 Written
by
Emily
Clarkson


mansion.’
(Kemplery,
1990,)
The
place
exists
as
pastel
coloured
houses,
full
of
 gossiping
housewives
and
husbands
that
all
drive
the
same
styled
car
to
work
at
 exactly
the
same
time
every
morning.
 



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 Peg
takes
Edward
home
to
meet
her
family,
who
initially
look
upon
him
 quizzically,
all
except
for
daughter
Kim,
as
played
by
Winona
Ryder,
who
is
 scared
witless
by
Edwards
appearance
in
her
bedroom.
This
fairytale
would
 never
have
been
complete
without
a
beautiful
young
girl
to
tug
on
the
 heartstrings
of
Edward
and
the
audience.
‘She
makes
an
enchanting
Beauty
to
Mr.
 Depp's
poignant,
bashful
Beast.’
(Maslin,
2012)
As
is
quite
rightly
pointed
out
by
 Janet
Maslin,
the
tale
of
Edward
Scissorhands
resembles
the
story
of
Beauty
and
 the
Beast
very
well.
Initially
frightened
by
the
sharp
claws
of
Edward,
Kim
stays
 well
away
from
the
houseguest,
but
over
time
comes
to
know
and
understand
his
 gentle
nature.
Everything
seems
to
click
as
Edward
uses
his
talents
of
sculpting
 with
his
scissors
to
create
a
beautiful
ice
sculpture
at
Christmas.
But
as
is
always
 the
way,
the
softness
of
the
blossoming,
if
awkward,
love
story
is
ripped
apart
by
 the
antagonist
that
is
Kim’s
boyfriend,
Kevin.
 


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Written
by
Emily
Clarkson



 
 Around
the
same
time
as
Kevin
sets
on
the
warpath,
the
locals
also
have
a
change
 of
heart
towards
Edward.
In
the
beginning,
they
are
drawn
to
Edward’s
unique
 abilities,
which
brought
an
element
of
the
exotic
to
the
sleepy
uninspiring
town.

 As
is
aptly
put
here,
Edwards
journey
takes
the
form
of
the
following,
an
‘instant
 celeb
who
amuses
them
[the
townsfolk]
by
artistically
pruning
their
hedges,
their
 dogs
and
their
coiffures.
But
when
he's
wrongly
accused
in
a
burglary,
his
star
falls
 and
they
turn
on
him.
‘
(Variety,
1989)
This
point
helps
to
highlight
the
cruel
 nature
of
a
society
so
easily
influenced
by
rumours
and
full
of
immorality.
Now
 painted
as
a
monster,
Edward
is
chased
back
to
his
home,
the
mansion
on
the
 hilltop.
It
is
there
Kevin
launches
an
attack,
resulting
in
tragic
consequences.
It
is
 a
story
that
will
squeeze
a
few
tears
from
the
eyes
of
audiences
and
yet
warm
the
 heart
with
the
spirit
of
kindness
and
unlikely
romance.
 
 


Bibliography


 
 Variety
(1989)
Edward
Scissorhands)
 http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117790652?refcatid=31
 (1/12/2012)
 
 Maslin,
Janet,
(2012)
Edward
Scissorhands
(1990)
Revie/Film;
And
so
Handy
 Around
the
Garden
 http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C0CE2D81338F934A35751C1 A966958260&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes
 (1/12/2012)
 
 Kempley,Rita
(1990)
Edward
Scissorhands
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp‐ srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/edwardscissorhandspg13kempley_a0a0bf.h tm
 (1/12/2012)
 
 Pictures
 Image1:
IMDb
(2012)
Edward
Scissorhands
 http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2872744192/tt0099487
 (1/12/2012)
 
 Image2:
Jay,
S
(2008)
How
is
the
1950’s
re­imagined
through
the
lens
of
Tim
 Burton’s
films?
 http://sarahjay.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/burton01.jpg
 (1/12/2012)
 
 Image3:
Move
Picture
Database
(2011)
Edward
Scissorhands
(1990)
 http://www.moviepicturedb.com/picture/ca4f6004
 (1/12/2012)


Written
by
Emily
Clarkson