30 September 2013

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands 1990
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Winona Ryder  Girl Interrupted, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Black Swan, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, A Scanner Darkly, The Darwin Awards, Looking for Richard, Little Women, Reality Bites, Night on Earth, Beetlejuice, Great Balls of Fire, Alien Resurrection, Black Swan
    • Dianne Wiest  – I Am Sam, Practical Magic, Footloose
    • Anthony Michael Hall  – The Dark Knight
    • Kathy Baker – Take Shelter, Last Chance Harvey, The Jane Austen Book Club, Cold Mountain, The Glass House, Cider House Rules, To Gillian on Her Thirty-Seventh Birthday, The Right Stuff
    • Vincent Price  – old scary movies I suppose
    • Alan Arkin – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Little Miss Sunshine, Gattaca, Grosse Point Blank, Glengarry Glen Ross, Catch 22, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Why? Johnny Depp. Fifth movie of JD marathon.
  • Seen: About 10 times. The first time was probably about 15 years ago and that’s when we started noticing JD.  Now: September 28, 2013

       How can one not love this film?  It’s sweet, funny, sad…
      And it’s Johnny Depp’s first masterpiece. He speaks rarely, and then in a soft boy’s voice, but he utterly and completely expresses the loneliness of the outsider, the longing to be the same as everyone else, the pleasure at being accepted and liked, the hunger for love, the innocence of the victim of a meanness he could never imagine existed, the panic at the unexpected hatred and violence and the resignation over loss and renewed loneliness.
       How does he do it?!?
       Dianne Wiest is also perfect. She’s a parody of the oh so sincere Avon lady, yes, but she is just so kind.  Truly, earnestly, deeply kind. And as innocent as Edward in her own way.  Unfazed by anything, she simply places her pastel suburban self daintily but undauntedly into whatever bizarre situation meeting a boy with scissors instead of hands and welcoming him into her home and her family can throw at her and deals with it.
         The ticky tacky little boxes she and her neighbors all live in are wonderful too.
         The story itself, the fairytale quality, the cast of stereotype suburban characters including the solidly well done dad in the form of Alan Arkin, the vamp Kathy Baker and the cute teen Winona Ryider – all of this is fine. But it’s all just background for the brilliance of Depp and Wiest who lift this to     
           

5* of 5

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