Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
available on Disney+
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Caroline Thompson based on story by Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes: Compassion, Surrealism, Misfit.
An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.
Edward Scissorhands was released to a positive reception from critics and was a financial success. Both Burton and composer Danny Elfman consider Edward Scissorhands their most personal and favorite work.
MIX UP REVIEWS:
Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★
'This was very different from the sort of movie I would normally watch but it was a really interesting story and funny too. I liked how the character was introduced in a creative way and I think there was an important message about supporting people who are different. I liked Johnny Depp's performance, although he doesn't say much we feel a lot of sympathy for the character through his facial expressions and body language. I recommend this film."
Mix Up Rating - ★★★★★
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AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 1
BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 4 WINS: 1
WINNER: Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Special Effects
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 1
Best Leading Actor - Johnny Depp
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Tim Burton creates another fine surreal fantasy romance film in Big Fish again working with composer Danny Elfman. They both are rejoined with star Johnny Depp for the animated fantasy romance, Corpse Bride.
For more magical-realism and fantasy romance movies it's worth checking out Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Willow, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Illusionist and Click. All of which have some stylistic links with Edward Scissorhands.
Meanwhile Tim Burton's own influence for the film can be seen in the original Beauty and the Beast. Whilst you can see actress Kathy Baker return to another unsuual romance in The Age of Adaline.
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