‘Edward Scissorhands’ Review: Not Your Typical Christmas

Posted in The Screening Room by - December 13, 2014

Today’s installment of the Kulture Shocked Christmas Movie Marathon is Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. It is not the typical Christmas film and I wasn’t prepared for it. For me, not being prepared to watch a Tim Burton film is pretty strange because I’ve seen most of his directorial work. There are only two I haven’t seen, those being Big Fish and Ed Wood, and I am very familiar with his writing. For the most part, Burton’s characters have resolution to their conflicts in a manner that provides resolution to the whole story. Viktor in Corpse Bride marries Victoria. Jack Skellington in A Nightmare Before Christmas realizes his desire to be the best pumpkin king he can be, so he frees Sandy Claus and saves Christmas. However, Edward Scissorhand’s love for Kim Boggs goes absolutely no where so no true resolution is provided.

Granted, it is refreshing to have a movie where there is not a traditional happy ending. However, in this film, there is essentially a stalemate. The antagonist certainly doesn’t win, but the protagonist doesn’t win, either and worse than dying, Edward is once again trapped in his mansion at the top of the mountain, alone, and without the woman he fell in love with. On top of that, her only solace is that she believes Edward is the reason why it now snows. She has no proof other than the fact that before Edward came down it never snowed, and now that he is back up on the mountain, now it does.

It is actually incredibly hard for me to judge or issue any kind of rating on this particular film and with any of Burton’s work. I’ll admit, I love the artistry of his movie making. His attention to detail and the aesthetics of his scenes are some of the reasons that I will always appreciate his work, but I understand that it’s not for everyone. So here is my suggestion, if you enjoyed Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, or Sweeney Todd, I think you’ll enjoy Edward Scissorhands. If you didn’t like those films, you probably won’t like this one.

Final Say: Watch It


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