Upon the success of his previous feature films, which included Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman and Beetlejuice, producer Tim Burton decided to introduce audiences to a young lad named Edward Scissorhands in 1990. Played brilliantly by Johnny Depp, Edward was an oft-misunderstood loner just trying to fit in despite some ominous appendages.
Edward was created in a lab, the product of a kindly old inventor who had always yearned for a son. He lovingly raised Edward, mentoring him and imparting his scientific wisdom on the boy. Unfortunately, while in the process of crafting some human appendages for young Edward, the inventor (played by the wonderful Vincent Price) passed away. Edward is left with scissors for hands and a solitary life fending for himself and tending to the shrubbery.
One day, Peg (Dianne Wiest), a kind and motherly Avon lady, pays a visit to his gothic abode to hawk her wares and discovers the lonely lad. Shocked at what she finds and overwhelmed with compassion, she takes Edward home to live with her suburban family. Things don’t exactly go swimmingly for Ed at first, the residing clan giving him dirty looks and taunting him, but Edward is unfazed. He just might be able to have a family to call his own now, and he is determined to fit in.
Teenage daughter Kim (Winona Rider) is pretty indifferent to Edward, but the youngest child Kevin buddies up with the shear-sporting guy, taking him to school to present for show and tell. Word quickly spreads among the town and soon the residents are stopping by to take a look, immediately impressed by his hedge-trimming prowess and his remarkable hairstyling abilities. Life is treating Edward better than he ever could have imagined, and that can only mean one thing in a fairy tale such as this – life is about to take a terrible turn, and only love and kindness can turn his world around.
Edward Scissorhands was a touching film, enhanced by stunning visual sets, an amazing cast and – par for the course in a Tim Burton movie – a masterful musical score from Danny Elfman. Audiences quickly warmed to the quirky fantasy, making it a huge box-office success. Evoking both tears and joy, it provided a truly unforgettable lesson on the importance of accepting those different from us.
If you were one of the many filmgoers who fell in love with Edward Scissorhands in the 90s, we encourage you to share your memories with us in our comments section, as we tip our hats to Tim Burton for a unique vision that we all get to enjoy.