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a charming outsider: edward scissorhands,
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This review is from: Edward Scissorhands [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Any one familiar with other works by Tim Burton has already become aware that the main characters of his movies are charming but lonely outsiders. I am referring to Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, or young Vincent, the hero of his first short film.
Jack discovers Christmas Land, and dreams of becoming the new Santy "Claws" (as he thinks his name is), and tries to bring the opposite worlds of Christmas Land and Halloween Town together. However, he fails and realises that he will remain an alien in normal society.
Likewise, Vincent is a young boy from Suburbia who dreams he lives in a story by Edgar Allan Poe, and thus becomes alienated from his family.
Edward Scissorhands comes from the same family of brilliant but isolated characters. He has been created by a scientist (Vincent Price), but the untimely death of his creator left him unfinished; his hands are sharp razors. He is different physically from other poeople, but also very innocent, as he has never been in contact with mankind.
His isolation comes to an end when an Avon-representative knocks on his castle's door, discovers him, and decides that, in his best interest, she will take him to Suburbia.
Disgusted by his appearance, the narrow-minded suburbians distrust him until they find out his gift for hair-cutting. A new phase in his life begins, and he finds himself attracted to Wynona Ryder, but is too shy to tell her.
The situation reaches a climax when he is taken advantage of by the girl's boorish boyfriend, a typical sports-addicted youngster with a pea-sized brain (if any). She then realises that he is too pure for this conformist world, and makes the police believe Edward is dead, so that he can go back to his castle and be out of reach of these stupid people.
The Story is told by a grandmother to her granddaughter. it turns out of course that the granny is Wynona Ryder's caharcter, who is now old. But she still remembers the joy and fun brought into her life by Edward, and he he is in his castle, fondly thinking of her and carving her image in ice.
The story of this simple yet moving film is the story of how misfits try to adjust to a self-righteous society, and finally realise that they cannot fit in, and are better off staying away from the people who cannot and dont want to understand them.