Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands
Review: A man living in isolation is brought into a community. He has metal shears for hands.
Director: Tim Burton
Actors: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Kathy Baker and Alan Arkin
Year: 1990
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance and Sci-Fi
Conclusion: 5/5
A film that made Johnny Depp a star overnight. This is my all time favorite film with Johnny Depp in. No other actor could have done such a good job as Johnny Depp. The score from Danny Elfman is very magical. Danny Elfman actually says that this soundtrack composition is his favorite out of all the soundtracks he has done for films. The main themes that are very much in evidence in this are Appearances vs Reality, Love, Isolation/Outsider, Self-discovery this is shown when Edward and Kim look at their reflections in the mirror and the last one is conformity. Edward only says 169 words altogether in this film. Gary Oldman was offered the title role but he turned it down. According to the BBFC Website at the time of this film coming out the Film Examiners described this film as an “allegorical fairytale”. This film was submitted with a 12 classification request although the examiners viewing the film considered the tale of Good vs Evil and then described that the overall experience as PG level. Although after deciding this the examiners were worried about the violence in the final scene. Some cuts were then made with the final scene. The issue of the age rating came up again in 1995 but passed again as a PG. Edward Scissorhands was submitted on video in its uncut form and classified 12 for moderate violence in 2007. At the Bafta Awards in 1992 this won for Best Production Design. 

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