Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Edward Scissorhands, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Photo credit: http://quizilla.teennick.com/polls/10298826/which-tim-burton-movie-is-better

This is one of my top three favourite films of all time. It stars Johnny Depp as Edward and is directed by Tim Burton. Johnny Depp's performance in the film has to be seen to be believed, and Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and Vincent Price all give stand-out performances in the film. The music by Danny Elfman is very powerful.

It came out in 1990, when I was at University, and it moved me profoundly. It was all about someone who was different, entering society for the first time. How at first he is welcomed, but then things start to go wrong, friends fall away, and he is left alone and isolated, feeling alone and unloved. It just broke my heart.

As a slightly weird and geeky young person, who had "unusual" interests for a student (ie not drinking, not ever in a relationship), and who ended up going to the cinema and the theatre on her own all the time, I felt a real empathy and a connection with Edward. I still do. I know the film and the character are also both deeply personal to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp; that comes out in the film very strongly.

The film is being screened this Autumn at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. It is very expensive for a film screening, and it is outdoors so we are completely dependent on the weather holding, but I really want to see this film again on a big screen as part of a shared experience so I am going. Follow the link for the full details, including the trailer, and to book tickets:

If you don't want to spend so much money, or you don't want to rely on the weather, or you don't live in London, you can rent the DVD or buy it on Amazon:

Photo credit: http://www.virginmedia.com/movies/features/strangest-characters.php

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation, who has scissors for hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. Both Burton and Elfman consider Edward Scissorhands their most personal and favourite work.
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