Often referred to as his masterpiece, this contemporary fairy tale vacillates between elements that would be right at home in a Universal horror film and a stylized set of pastel tract homes, emphasizing Burton’s mixed feelings about the American middle class. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the meek and scarred Edward is amongst his finest performances, notable for his character’s economy of dialogue and cautious demeanor.
[Cinémathèque PT #: 35 mm (2012)] Winona Ryder fucks it all up. She's boring, one-dimensional, fugly, all surface. Depp is superb and the colours are so Disney. Good film. Again great on film, lousy on DVD. Art Direction is top notch and those suburbs were OH so Lynchian.
A rich idea these scissorshands. BURTON's boundless imagination, humor, story richness & twists. Tim is a poet as much as a child & what a pleasure to walk in his garden.Thanks for V. PRICE's appearance +++ L'imagination sans limite de BURTON, l'humour, la richesse du scénario & ses rebondissements. Tim est un poète autant qu'un enfant, et quel bonheur de se balader dans son jardin. Merci pour avoir rappelé V. PRICE.
Burton has always seemed a touch out of time, as though he would have been more content turning out silent films in the Weimar Republic than working in the Eighties studio system, so it makes sense that his most successful work (aside from "Beetlejuice") would be a modern fairy tale. Burton makes great use of Depp as a physical performer, but the real star here is the score by Danny Elfman, arguably a career best.
"How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception,"-Alfred de Musset. Tim Burton has made many stylish and fun films that I admire greatly, but this one in particular defines his aesthetic and also his primary artistic concern. Burton depicts the outsider looking in at a world that seems as alien to him as he does to it. A satirical fable and also a deep expression of alienation and longing. Beautiful.
I don't give a shit about the fact that Burton became the ultimate "reference" for wasted youth teens, wearing black and white stripes jeans and black lipstick, but this film is just wonderful. I cried the first time I saw it when I was a kid, and I'll always enjoy the simplicity of the plot and the beauty of its characters. I don't think Burton will ever do better than this one. Masterpiece.
Just rewatched this after having not seen it in 7 or 6 years. It made me very sad. Not the story, mind you, although it is rather sad (in a touching sort of way) but it made me sad to remember a time back when Tim Burton was still creative, original and knew how to tell a great story. Love this film. Its extremely well shot and the acting is lovely. Someone should sit Burton down and make him rewatch it.