Edward Scissorhands


(out of 5)

Though uneven in story and tone, this enjoyable outsider comedy has a lot of visual brilliance and character poignancy to make it one of Tim Burton’s most notable achievements.  plays the creation of a mad scientist ( in his last film role) who is left incomplete when his master dies. Fully human except for long razor-blade hands made from scissors, Edward is totally alone in his creator’s castle until an Avon lady (a delightful ) comes calling and immediately takes him home to live with her and her family. Once there, Edward comes up against the most rigid of 1950s-era suburban morality, including the perfect teenaged daughter (), the absent-minded but responsible dad () and the neighbours whose pastel-coloured cars match their pastel-coloured homes. In getting to know this new outsider, however, the audience soon learns that what these seemingly normal people have hidden in their daily lives is much more off the wall than a boy with scissors for hands. The beautiful visual quality is the most memorable aspect of the story, though the nasty violence in the end ruins it from being the perfect family film.

Twentieth Century Fox

USA, 1990

Directed by

Story by Tim Burton, , Screenplay by Caroline Thompson

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1990

Golden Globe Awards 1990


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