Marc Bernardin
September 15, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Edward Scissorhands

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
performer
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Anthony Michael Hall, Vincent Price, Dianne Wiest
director
Tim Burton
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Drama

We gave it an B+

All of Tim Burton’s films are, in one way or another, ruminations on his own outsiderness, be it the living-people-are-lonelier-than-ghosts vibe of Beetlejuice, or the life-is-better-behind-a-mask aesthetic of Batman, or the misunderstood eccentricity at the center of Ed Wood. For all that, Edward Scissorhands emerges as Burton’s most personal movie. From the film’s pop-pastel suburbia (the fun-house mirror image of Burbank, Calif., Burton’s childhood haunt) to Edward’s tempestuous mane (have you ever seen a picture of Tim?), the Frankenstein-like fairy tale of an isolated orphan (Johnny Depp) with blades for fingers plays like a diary chapter with the names changed to protect the innocent. Complete with commentaries from both Burton and composer Danny Elfman, concept art, and a crystalline anamorphic wide-screen transfer, this 10th-anniversary pressing of Edward Scissorhands is a hit of pure digital whimsy. B+

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