Edward Scissorhands (1990) – So delightfully weird
I’ve been watching a bunch of movies I’ve never seen before so I thought it would be nice to re-watch an old favorite. I think I have seen this at least 6 or 7 times but I never grow tired of it. Maybe because it’s about an outcast that I relate to on a deeper level, or maybe because it’s just so delightfully weird.
Edward Scissorhands used to be on HBO all the time and I watched it every time I had the chance. It’s about a meek man who finds home in a little suburban neighborhood until shit hits the fan. Edward (Johnny Depp) lives with Peg (Dianne Wiest), Bill (Alan Arkin), their daughter Kim (Winona Ryder), and son Kevin (Robert Oliveri). He becomes the talk of the town and after seeing what he’s done to Peg’s hedges, the suburban white women go nuts. He’s actually very talented, he can make topiaries, cut hair, and even trim dog’s hair into kooky looks.
But since Edward has a crush on Kim, he agrees to do her the favor of breaking into her boyfriend Jim’s (Anthony Michael Hall) house so Jim can steal cash from his parents to buy a van, even though Edward knows it’s wrong. The burglar alarm goes off and they leave him there. He spends a night in jail and the whole town turns on him. Edward is saddened and frustrated by this so he kind of has a meltdown. So the neighbors call the cops on him and he runs back to where he came from, a big creepy mansion at the top of a hill.
Kim chases after him worried that he may be dead. Luckily he’s still alive and they hug. But Jim chased after him too! With a gun! The three have a little rumble and in the end Edward stabs Jim and he falls through a window to his death. Kim and Edward know they can’t be together so they say goodbye. She goes down to the rest of the town and lies to them, telling them Edward’s dead. They buy the lie and Edward is free to live in peace and isolation.
I think I’m going to start watching this during Christmas too, because it meets the criteria, Christmas tree: check. Snow: check. Death: CHECK! (Sandy: Hey, that’s not part of the criteria!) Pretty much a more chill Godfather. *laughs at her own joke*
I know I’m not the only one who still ships Winona and Johnny and still rooting for them to get back together. (Sandy: Nope, you’re not the only one.) Wino Forever! They just had great chemistry and the ending always leaves my cold heart a little sad. There isn’t much dialogue between them, but who needs dialogue when they’re really good at intense staring?
This will always be my favorite Tim Burton movie and nothing’s ever going to change that. It’s so him and I feel like it will always be here for me whenever I need a pick-me-up. I can’t wait to watch it again soon.