Edward Scissorhands (Movie)

13 Dec


Burton, Tim. (Producer). Di Novi, Denise. (Producer). Burton, Tim. (Director). (1990). Edward Scissorhands [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 105 min.

Plot Summary:

Edward was created by his father, an inventor who lived atop a hill of a pleasant neighborhood. His father invented all sorts of machines to do various tasks. Edward was first created as a machine that helped cut things, but his father gradually made him more and more human, even giving him a heart. Edward was almost complete, all that was left was his hands, which were still made of scissors, but his father died of a heart attack and was not able to complete him. For some time Edward lived alone in his home atop the hill. He would sculpt the hedges into different shapes, and never left the house. One day a nice Avon lady, Peg Boggs, showed up at his home and noticed that he was all alone. Peg took him home with her to meet her husband, Bill, and her two kids, Kevin and Kim. Edward ends up becoming friends with Kevin and Bill, and he later falls in love with Kim. Many of the towns folk find his hedge trimming and hair cutting skills impressive, but a couple people dislike him instantly and try to cause him trouble.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a beautiful and touching romantic fantasy film about a guy who is unexpectantly gentle given his condition. The story is moving and heartfelt with a beautifully written script. The set and characters are reminiscent of a colorful Pleasantville. A couple people are frightened of what is different and therefore they are frightened of Edward because of his scissor hands. They think he is an evil creature because they cannot understand him and his differences. But it is not his fault he was left unfinished. Fortunately for Edward Peg could see him for who he was and over time her family learned to see him for who he was as well. However, even though some of the towns’ folk were able to learn to like Edward, not everybody was and he is wrought with troubles after troubles. This movie paints the picture that individuality is a good thing and you should not fear what is different. You should embrace your differences.

Reader’s Annotation:

He was created by an inventor, but was not finished. Now he is left with scissors for hands and nobody to love him.


Timothy William “Tim” Burton was born on August 25, 1958 and is an American-born English film director, film producer, writer and artist. He is famous for dark, quirky-themed movies. He is responsible for Beetlejiuce, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleep Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 9, and Alice in WonderlandHe is known for using actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter quite often.

He wrote and illustrated the poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, which was published in 1997. And a compilation of his drawings, entitled The Art of Tim Burton, was released in 2009. Burton has directed 14 films as of 2010, and has produced 10 as of 2009. His next film is a remake of his 1984 short, Frankenweenie, scheduled to be released on October 5, 2012.



Curriculum Ties:


Booktalking Ideas:

He is really good at trimming hedges and cutting hair.

His hands are scissors.

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Why I included this movie:

I wanted to use a Tim Burton film, because he is such a great director, and I thought this was a good one to use. This is a wonderful film with great meaning behind it.

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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