Edward Scissorhands (1990)

As I thought of doing a series of movie reviews from the 90s era, I couldn’t miss on this one! Thus, Edward Scissorhands, a strangely dark romance was my first choice. Quite a perfect kiddish Christmassy movie yet a classic for all ages.



Rating- 3.5/5

Director- Tim Burton

Story- Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson

Cast- Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Vincent Price

Plot- Edward (Johnny Depp), a gentlemanly synthetic human is taken in by Peg (Dianne Wiest), a kind Avon representative after the death of his inventor (Vincent Price). But, things change soon as Edward is blamed for a crime he did not commit.

What’s good?

The performance of Johnny Depp as the robotic Edward and the impact he managed to have on the audience as a lovable character despite having just a couple of words and phrases for dialogues throughout the film. Winona Ryder as Kim and Dianne Wiest as Peg were pretty fabulous too.

What’s not?

While watching this movie one needs to have a ‘suspension of disbelief’ kind of a mindset. Edward, who is supposed to be synthetic is way too personified. He eats normal human food throughout the film making the audience wonder how did he manage to survive after his inventor’s death as he never came out of the attic he lived in (for years!), forget about other logic of earning money and cooking or buying food. At some point, they make you believe that Edward has a heart and all the other organs like humans and that too in a working state.

kim’s (Winona Ryder) character is not well-written and appears shallow and flat in some parts.

What to do?

Watch it to witness a stellar performance by then young Johnny Depp and his chemistry with his ex-fiance Winona Ryder.


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