This is a film that I have wanted to watch for ages, but was worried that it was a proper horror film. I cannot actually believe how wrong I was! I would class this film as a combination of both Frankenstein and Beauty and the Beast in story line, which are two great films! This film is totally different to what I was expecting and that is a rarity for me, which is possibly one of the reasons I like this film so much.
The film starts in a way that I love, ie really well designed credits at the beginning, reminding me of all the classics, like the old Disney films. It was directed by the brilliant Tim Burton, and in true Tim Burton fashion, it is dark yet full of colour and a great story. Although I haven’t seen many of Tim Burton’s directorial films, this I would class as a typical Tim Burton film.
The film is full of colour and darkness, which I think is a huge representational aspect to the film as it is depicting the difference between the original Edward and the people he meets and what happens later. I also think that it is clever as a lot of the bad things that happen in this film are in the night time (dark) and the good things happen in the day time (light). I do find this film to be funny, heart-warming and sad, and takes you on a journey.
I love the fact that when Edward is introduced to everyone their first reaction is that he is different and different isn’t good, which is what I was expecting to happen. This film then took me on a journey that I didn’t expect to go on, which is rare and I love that about it. I was also surprised at how, to me, late the love interest Kim (Winona Ryder) came into the film, making the romance part of this film only one layer in a series.
I did recognise more actors in this film than I was expecting to. There are so many great actors and actresses, however the main billed cast are: Actors: Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) who I recognise from so many great films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Winona Ryder (Kim) who I recognise from Stranger Things, Dianne Wiest (Peg), Anthony Michael Hall (Jim), Kathy Baker (Joyce), Vincent Price (The Inventor), Alan Arkin (Bill) who I recognise from, again, many films including Grudge Match.
After watching this film, there are a lot of things that I am going to research now, like more of Tim Burton’s, Johnny Depp’s, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin’s work. I cannot wait to watch and review them in the future.
I didn’t like the ending as it is sad I and don’t like sad ending films, even though I understood why it ended this way as, to me, it meant being different is wrong, though after hurting people accidentally and committing murder, even if he was defending his love interest, I guess the alternative could have been even worse!
But when the woman narrating the story tells her granddaughter she is Kim and that she didn’t visit Edward after he hid away and everyone thought he was dead, because she wants him to remember her how she was, I was disappointed. As to her believing Edward is immortal, well I only recognised that after doing research for this film.
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Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…