Let me begin by saying that Tim Burton is my favourite director and that I absolutely adore 90 % of the movies he has ever made. But none of his movies can replace Edward Scissorhands, which is by far for me the most beautiful movie Burton filmed and it will be very difficult to reach its greatness and brilliance, not in special effects and technical parts, but in the story it tells and its characters.
I simply have no bad words for this one, I cannot find a single flaw here, because in my opinion this movie offers its viewers everything, from a great plot, wonderful music and colours, the combination of real life and imaginary world to an insight into the American way of life, people's prejudice and simple mindedness and cruelty and non-acceptance towards everyone who differs and doesn't fit the frames of a "perfect" society.
It is also one of the most beautiful love stories ever told, pure and innocent and a story about friendship and human's need and will to protect the weaker.
It is full of humor and funny situations, which for a moment turn you away from the harshness and cruelty of other people, people who don't understand and don't want to accept someone who is different.
Although told in Burton's specific tone, with a mixture of fantastic elements and wonderful pictures, this is a story that perfectly depicts the society we all live in. On the outside, everything seems perfect, people live in their perfect little homes with picket fences, tell stories about their perfect lives, but on the inside there is much more to discover. Their world is a gray book, which lacks pages and illustrations.
Edward is a project of a brilliant scientist's mind, an unfinished "human" with scissors where his hands should be. He is scared, innocent as a baby, a character which incorporates the primal characteristics of a human, until he enters the grownups world and starts to feel all these emotions towards people who are close to him.
The cast in this movie is so well chosen and everyone portrayed his/her characters in such details that it gives the viewers a complete insight into various types of people.
This is the movie where I "fell in love" with Johnny Depp and started to appreciate his work, his ability to change and completely protrude into his characters, especially in Burton's movies, where he gave his best performances. Winona Ryder is beautiful as a messy teenager who doesn't know how to accept her feelings, which differ from her previous beliefs. Kathy Baker and Diane West left me speechless with their housewives' roles, portraying two different women, with different values.
In the end, there is music, Danny Elfman's tones which give this movie that final touch and make it one of the most astonishing stories ever told.
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