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Very Strange, Very Funny,
This review is from: Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition) (DVD)
This is another one of those movies I resisted for a long time. You know, the premise is rather absurd: scissors for hands? How could he do anything delicate? And then the cover photo of the earlier edition had his face full of scars, and I figured it was just another horror story.
But I turned into a Johnny Depp fan, and one day someone listed Edward Scissorhands in a list of Johnny Depp movies. THAT was HIM??? Amazing!
This is a much better movie than the posters would suggest. Yes, there is some stupid stuff about it, but the whole point was that these suburban people among whom Edward tries to have a comparatively normal life are mostly pretty stupid, and in ways most of us can recognize, at least if you think of it as the 1950s or early 1960s. Nobody ever said what year it was supposed to be, but I suspect it was meant to be contemporary. It was filmed in 1990. It takes place in a small town, probably southern given the accents, and was actually filmed in Florida. The houses are all pastel colors, and the cars are all pastel colors (none matching the garages they come out of) except for the van the teenagers drive which is dark with red and orange flames.
Edward finds a place for himself in this suburbia, first trimming trees into fantastic topiary shapes, then trimming dogs (fancy poodle cuts are just the beginning), and finally cutting ladies' hair. But when the teenagers discover he can pick locks with his hands, and sucker him into breaking into a house, things go badly awry.
It's a touching story, for all it is very funny, and eventually you will see that although he's a construction, Edward is more human than most of the rest of the people in the film.
Four stars. It would be two if it wasn't for Johnny Depp.