I consider myself to be a fan of Tim Burton's films (for the most part), and I have seen this specific film multiple times. In a class, we studied this film, and I was glad to get the chance to watch it again.
There are a lot of great filmmaking techniques in this film. The cinematography is often fantastic, having fluid motion throughout, and even having a few cool tricks, like the utilization of mirrors to frame shots. The score by Danny Elfman is phenomenal, setting the tone of the film well. The production design is also extremely intriguing, especially Edward's castle and the topiaries that he created. The acting of Johnny Depp is great, and very expressive, and his chemistry with the rest of the cast is great. Alan Arkin is funny in a supporting role, but nobody else but he and Depp really shine out, although they definitely aren't bad.
The writing of the film is also pretty good. The story is a relatable fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age style film, however, Burton has a slightly older protagonist with a slightly younger, more innocent mentality. It's definitely intriguing, and provides for an interesting film. The characters are well-developed, albeit the fact that they all fit clear archetypes. As such, the film ultimately becomes predictable. Still, the film's interesting plot and well-delivered humor keeps the film from becoming mundane.
So overall, "Edward Scissorhands" is definitely a really good film, but it isn't perfect. I have seen it many times before, and I plan to watch it many times again.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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