Edward Scissorhands (1990) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Hollywood likes to make films involving monsters, and some famous examples include Frankenstein (1931), starring Boris Karloff and Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi. Even with such frightening appearances, a fundamental fact is that not everything is what it seems. That notion prompted Tim Burton to create one of his most memorable motion pictures in 1990, which is the cult classic Edward Scissorhands. This is definitely one of Burton’s crowning achievements because of his examination of beauty within it.

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This film features Oscar-nominated makeup and a Golden Globe-nominated performance from Johnny Depp. It also has a beautiful love story that is strikingly similar to the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Edward Scissorhands is much like the Beast because they are both social outcasts with frightening external appearances. Nevertheless, Kim (Winona Ryder) is much like Belle because Kim is able to look past such a horrific exterior to see the man that Edward really is. The film itself provides great social commentary about how something out of the ordinary can truly be extraordinary given the contrast between Edward and the surrounding community. The entire population is purposefully a set of “cookie-cutter people” because Tim Burton wanted to highlight the fact that normality can sometimes be bland and ordinary. It was not until Edward came along that everyone’s lives changed forever.


One of the taglines for this film is, “Edward was here…” Indeed, Edward Scissorhands showcases how the actions of one single person can influence everyone around him or her. Edward changed the suburban community that he visited, and audiences are able to know more about the definition of beauty given the film’s plot. This film is a great example of how true beauty comes from character rather than superficial appearances. It was a good thing that the Avon Lady visited the castle on the top of the hill during that one fateful day…

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Edward gives someone a haircut using his scissorhands

Take a Drink: during every beautiful moment involving Kim and Danny Elfman’s luscious film score

Drink a Shot: for all of the houses that look the same, and how Edward is much different than the people around him

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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