It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Edward Scissorhands all the way through. I used to start to watch it and then get lost in one of the beginning scenes when Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) finds Edward (Johnny Depp) hiding in his castle.
I had to revisit it from start to finish tonight as one of my favorite films and one featured in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
“Edward Scissorhands isn’t perfect. “It’s something better: pure magic,” Peter Travers (Rolling Stone, 1990) as quoted in the book.
I think part of the reason I like the beginning of the film so much is because it does fit into that idea of magic and happiness with how the community welcomes Edward into their fictional cookie-cutter world as the backdrop.
Edward, at first, brings a welcome chaos to the community’s organized life and the Boggs take him in without judgment or as much misdirected attention to his “disability” as their neighbors do.
The Boggs remain loyal to Edward and try to help him make a life for himself, but when some people take advantage of his goodwill and not knowing right from wrong the community eventually turns on Edward.
He doesn’t want to hurt anybody but is out of his element after living a sheltered life in a castle where his inventor (Vincent Price in his last film role) died before he could finish his hands.
The real magical, as well as heartbreaking, moments in the film are when Kim (Peg and Bill Boggs’ (Alan Arkin) daughter played by Winona Ryder) and Edward grow close and begin to understand each other but know they cannot stay together.
It is hard to get to that point in what starts out as a happy fairy tale, but Tim Burton’s use of reality within a fable is effective and makes the story complete.
Besides, “You can’t buy the necessities in life with cookies.” – Bill Boggs.
I have to say: 4 out of 4 stars.