The plot follows Edward, a man built by a scientist who dies before finishing him, leaving Edward with scissors for hands. Edward is found and 'rescued' by the local Avon lady in his gothic castle, for which the set design is astonishingly simple and effective. The audience can straight away see the concept art behind the scene. Edward is then taken into the suburban 'bliss' village and is warmly welcomed. He soon becomes a well loved member of the town as both a gardener and hairdresser, but no sooner does he become welcomed, someone plots against him and ends in true Burton style. Edward becomes seen as a threat and runs to his castle, followed by Kim - his true love. Kim's boyfriend also follows and tries to kill them both, resulting in Edward killing him. Kim is left to cover-up the truth and tells the villagers both men are dead. The film ends on a slightly more brighter and magical note, with Kim and her grandchild looking out of the house window at the snow and Edward sculpting ice in the castle, with the line 'Before Edward came it never snowed'.
Jonny Depp plays Edward as a wonderfully naive, child-like recluse. His 'stiff' body movements and bold facial expressions can't help, surprisingly, but make the audience fall in love with this character. Variety suggests, "Director Tim Burton takes a character as wildly unlikely as a boy whose arms end in pruning shears, and makes him the center of a delightful and delicate comic fable." (Variety 2008) Variety praises the narrative and style that Burton portrays through the film. 'Comic Fable' in particular sums the story up perfectly, the narrative similar to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird, in the way both Edward and Boo Radely are outsiders, yet are loveable characters and try to do what's right by the people they love.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Burton, Tim (1990) Edward Scissorhands Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edwardscissorhandsposter.JPG (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Figure 2. Burton, Tim (1990) Contrast between the Gothic Castle and the Quaint Suburban Village. At: http://chubbycharlie123.blogspot.com/2010/01/edward-scissorhands.html (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Figure 3. Burton, Tim (1990) Gothic Castle and Garden of Topiary. At: http://chubbycharlie123.blogspot.com/2010/01/edward-scissorhands.html (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Figure 4. Burton, Tim (1990) Jonny Depp as Edward. At: http://seahorsecarousel.com/tag/edward-scissorhands/ (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Figure 5. Burton, Tim (1990) Winona Ryder and ice sculpture. At: http://mediadiary.livejournal.com/212713.html (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Film4 (2008) Edward Scissorhands (1990). At: http://www.film4.com/reviews/1990/edward-scissorhands (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Variety (2008) Edward Scissorhands (1990). At: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117790652?refcatid=31 (Accessed on:14/11/11)
Roger Ebert (1990) Edward Scissorhands. At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19901214/REVIEWS/12140301 (Accessed on:14/11/11)