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It's kind of like "Frankenstein" meets "To Kill a Mockingbird
on September 27, 2015
An early Johnny Depp film that parodies 1950s middle-class America with ticky-tack houses, pastel colors, overly coiffed housewives and above-all, intolerance of difference. Edward Scissorhands (Depp) is a handcrafted humanoid -- a work in in progress -- whose creator (Vincent Price) dies before he could substitute Edward's shears with human-like hands. It's kind of like "Frankenstein" meets "To Kill a Mockingbird." As long as Edward is useful to the neighbors (cutting lawns, trimming shrubs and doing the ladies' hair), he is accepted, but once Joyce, the local sexpot (played by Kathy Baker) makes advances on Edward, he is transformed from a useful curiousity to an accused rapist. Depp's performance as Scissorhands -- heavily influenced by mime -- is very touching. But Peg Boggs (played by Diane Wiest). is a character who is essentially unmotivated except perhaps for a naive pity for a lonely boy. I wonder whether the moral point of the story is lost on the audience, especially since Edward's "otherness" is artificial, not natural.