Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
It's hard to believe that Tim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands' was released 20 years ago this month. The film was a project of firsts for the director, marking the start of a career-long collaboration with partner in crime, Johnny Depp, and the first time working with cinematographer Stefan Czapsky. While it was hard for some Burtonites to find anything redeeming about his latest film, the ADD-riddled 'Alice in Wonderland,' his 1990 fantasy flick about an artificial man-child who is the beast that wins the beauty remains a fan favorite. It's Burton's most personal film to date, (themes about the artistic outsider and alienated, awkward teenager abound) -- flooded with unforgettable images that transport you into a quirky, pop-goth fairytale.
The candy-colored suburb of a small town neighbors a wicked castle, looming high in the sky. This is the home of Edward (Johnny Depp), who was patched together by an inventor (played by the great Vincent Price, in his last on screen performance), but wasn't able to be properly fitted for a pair of hands before his maker died. He's been left with scissors instead of fingers, but that doesn't deter an Avon lady (Dianne Wiest) from inviting him to live with her and her family -- including her daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder), who Edward takes an immediate liking to. While the family has the best of intentions for the quiet and talented stranger from the house on the hill, things take a turn south when Edward's hair-cutting/landscaping prowess is used for evil by Kim's jerky, jock boyfriend (Anthony Michael Hall). The neighborhood that embraced him (albeit like a circus sideshow act), now rallies against him and it's a romantic, but violent, duel to the finish.