Every typical horror movie that is out there revolves around people experiencing ghostly events, but Tim Burton’s movie Edward Scissorhands tells the story from the perspective of an inhuman creature. A classic movie that is gripping regardless of time and age, Edward Scissorhands (1990) was directed by Tim Burton and written from a story by Burton and Caroline Thompson.
Plot of the Movie
An inventor creates Edward, an almost human creation who had scissor hands instead of actual hands. The inventor, who was an old man, decides to raise Edward and look after him until he fixes his hands. But he dies due to a heart attack, and Edward’s hands remain unfinished forever. He then continues to live alone, isolated as there was no one he could go to.
After several years of living like that, Peg Boggs, a door-to-door saleswoman, finds Edward and learns about his situation. She then decides to adopt him and take him as a part of her family. People around Peg’s home start liking Edward when they find out that his scissor hands can be of so much use. But things start going downhill when Edward falls in love with Peg’s daughter, and he is forced to commit a crime.
The theme of this movie is how Edward is an outcast and receives no love. It shows concepts like isolation to discovering one’s own self. Also, there are elements of fantasy and a dark side to it. There is a reason why this movie by Tim Burton is considered one of the most timeless movies. Jonny Depp and Ryder have given some of the best performances of their career. The visuals, cinematography, and characters were ahead of their time.
Who is the Cast?
To play Edward’s lead role, many actors were considered including Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Gary Oldman. Eventually, Johnny Depp was cast. Winona Ryder plays Kim Boggs, who was also the first to receive the film’s script. Dianne Wiest played Peg Boggs and was the first cast member to get signed. Other cast members include Anthony Michael Hall as Jim and Kathy Baker as Joyce Monroe.
Reception of the Film
Edward Scissorhands was a box office success grossing over three times its budget of $20 million. The critics also praised the movie for showing young romance and chemistry between the lead actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, who were dating in real life at the time. There were several songs, stage adaptations, and comic books inspired by the film.
Where can You Watch the Movie?
Edward Scissorhands is streaming on Hotstar Premium, Hulu and is available to purchase on Amazon Prime. All of the platforms require a subscription for a certain period. You can also rent the movie on Amazon Prime directly.
Don’t wait anymore and watch one of the classic Tim Burton movies of all time. Burton himself has said that Edward Scissorhands is his personal favorite movie that he has directed. After watching the movie, you can see for yourself why people rave about it.