A misshapen boy with scissors for hands is discovered by the Avon lady high above the city in his creator's dark castle. Peg decides to bring him home and clean him up, hoping to help Edward adjust to "normal" society, but their friends and neighbors have more interest in changing Edward than accepting him for being different. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is undoubtedly Tim Burton's personal masterpiece; A tragic, heartfelt character drama that is more telling about the director, himself, than any of his other films. The themes of isolation, acceptance, and normality run deep, forming an outright cry against proper society. Edward finds himself supplanted in a world consumed by status and appearances. The ideals of 1950's society are turned upside down to reveal their true superficiality. Edward is nothing but a passing fad to these people, just another thing to own. No one accepts him for being different, they simply try to mold and shape him in their own image. The humor in the film reflects this in its distrustful cynicism and satire. Johnny Depp teams with Tim Burton for the first time as Edward, bringing about the innocence of boyhood in a subtle yet highly-effective performance. Danny Elfman's magnificent score drives the emotional highs and lows as well, while Bo Welch does a brilliant job contrasting the cookie-cutter world of 50's consumer culture with Tim Burton's twisted imaginings as production designer. Cult status aside, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS must be considered a classic of its time, and one of Tim Burton's finest achievements.
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BEETLEJUICE, SOCIETY, PARENTS, BUGBABY, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.