Edward Scissorhands

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This endearing story is brought to us by the incomparable Tim Burton, with his magical contemporary Danny Elfman for music . The idea for this creation came from a sketch Burton himself had drawn when he was 19, a man with scissors for hands :

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Burton commissioned Caroline Thompson ( a young novelist ) to write the screenplay for Edward Scissorhands – (she later worked with him on The Nightmare Before Christmas too) . Burton said the idea “came subconsciously & was linked to a character who wants to touch but cant, who was both creative and destructive” , “it had to do with relationships, the feeling that your image and how people perceive you are at odds with whats inside you”

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The neighbourhood was based on Burtons old one “Burbank” he said “There was a certain kind of vagueness, a blankness, growing up in suburbia was like growing up in a place where theres no sense of history, culture or passion for anything” .

most of the story is meant to be seen through Edwards eyes which is why the neighbourhood looks so fantastical and romanticised

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Burton met Johnny Depp for the first time in a coffee shop and spent several hours discussing life, interests and of course; the role – Burton said that immediately he knew Depp would be perfect for the role since he found the character in his eyes “I like people’s eyes a lot and Johnny had these really expressive eyes that were perfect for a character like this who doesnt really speak, eyes are really important” . Seeing him longing for Kim really pulls at your heart strings .

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The story begins as a narrated childrens tale, with an old woman telling her granddaughter a night-time tale . “The film can also be seen as Burton’s version of Beauty & the Beast, a Fairytale bookended by a prologue and an epilogue featuring Winona Ryder as an old woman telling her granddaughter the story of Edward” .

Its direction, as per usual, is flawless 

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we see the pastel world juxtaposed with the dark mysterious colours of the castle in which Edward resides – in nearly all Tim Burton films, there is a castle on a hill. a gothic looking, intrigue-inspiring haunted mansion.

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Like in other Burton films, you find yourself transported into another world . Set Design staff deserve some serious pats on the back

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another near-constant feature in Burtons creations is the ominous but ornate doorways. (See Dark Shadows)

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When Peg finds Edward – we see his isolation and alienation from the rest of the world – Burton seems to like the use of Attics – they present themselves as solitary.

T.B “Theres a sense of isolation in the attic . Symbolocally i associate it with isolation, but its also a reaction against the suburban home in some ways – it was always a desire to be up, out or away, & in an environment that was not white like being inside a shoebox.”

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the original inspiration for the memorable moment.

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Peg (Diane Wiest) finds an bewildered Edward and brings him back to her home – and there the story takes off

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We’ve got some make-up classes

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Some friendships – another regular Burton feature, a boy and his dog. (for example : Jack and Zero, Victor and Scraps, Frankenstein and Sparky… to name a few)

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Some nightmares of water beds – although i wouldnt class this movie as a comedy in its own right, it does have some damn good chuckles.

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Some minimally worded but intense convos . For the insane amount of emotional connection you have to Edward its shocking to hear that he only actually says 169 words in the entire movie.

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Some car rides

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Some handy juvenille skills

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The origin of the idea that made everything possible

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^ this is Vincent Price, Burtons idol from childhood who he got to play the creator & father-figure to Edward . After finishing this he went on to direct a documentary about him shortly after his death in 1993, called “Conversations with Vincent”

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We’ve got some angry moments

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& affectionate ones – Burton wanted to explore the depths of a man who felt at odds wit the rest of the ‘normal world’ &  an outsider character with immense complexities.

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We luckily get to see some Burton original sketches that they put into the movie montage showing us the layers to Edwards construction.

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Some typical reaction to your first drink of alcohol ( especially if its whiskey and you down it in one )

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Some difficulty with new fangled clothing

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Along with some beautifully memorable moments of cinema

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so dig in – the movie may seem a far stretch from reality but the theme of alienation and not being able to convey / communicate what you wish too are pretty easily relatable .

So get wise and throw this on – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and enthrall you. Its a bit of nostalgia and fairytale mixed with the most perfectly Eflman score.

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