Scissors for Hands

April 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm (Edward Scissorhands, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

“Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.”

Tim Burton

Back to the good days, Tim Burton and an original script!  A man who has scissors for hands, original enough for that alone.  A man who Burton was in touch with which is discussed in a wonderful book called Tim Burton Interviews edited by Kristian Fraga.  In one of the interviews Burton says, “the film is about not being able to touch, to communicate.  It’s about being at odds with your own body, doomed to misrepresent yourself and, in turn, to be miserably misperceived.”  Edward is someone Burton completely understood.  Burton is Edward Scissorhands, so to tell his story is like telling his own.

A book called Suburbia and Burton’s own childhood neighborhood inspired the look of the movie.  In the Suburbia book “people pose in front of their garages or in paneled rooms and explain their lifestyles.”  Burton says, “There’s one comment I love.  “I find a sense of freedom in the suburbs.  You assume the mask of suburbia for outward appearances, and yet no one knows what you really do.”  He goes on to say, “That’s what so incredible about it.  Because you’re so close to people and yet, you have no idea what they’re really about.  This is the way I grew up feeling.  And it can change at any moment.  You’re never so close and distant from people at the same time.”

The designer of the film, Bo Welch states that he shrunk the windows of the houses “to be a little less friendly, a little more mask-like and to heighten the hiding-in-suburbia feeling.”  Welch and Burton agreed on four-color scheme for the houses that included, “sea-foam green, dirty flesh, butter and dirty blue.”  Sounds delightful and uninviting to me :)

Burton himself describes his film as something less than crisp, “The camera moves a little more but don’t worry, it’s still clunky.  There’s still a few shaky camera moves.  It’s still got that same depressed..” and then trails off without finishing.  The author of the article David Edelstein finished by saying, “He has a way of bringing down the room, our boy.”

This is classic Tim Burton, the Burton we all fell in love with, when he knew his characters and shared they’re pain of being the odd man in.


  1. Samantha W. said,

    I honestly LOVED Edward Scissorhands. It was a very original movie when it came out, sort of like a deviation from the norm. I also agree that the movie does tie into Burton’s personal life; he may seem odd on the outside but a completely individual on the inside who seeks to communicate in his own personal way. Fabulous.

  2. Ashley said,

    This is one of my favoritestTim Burton-directed film.
    What I love about this guy as a director is how he’s able to convey a simple but universally understood story line and put it in his dark twisted vehicle of filmmaking. Though his characters in this film are severely exaggerated, he was able to give us a story where this world is completely plausible. He executes the suspension of reality so precisely that I forget that a man with scissors for hands will probably not be able to fare the life he had.

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