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Edward Scissorhands, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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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:

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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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...and also on the television this very evening (E4, 18.55). For some reason, despite being quite fond of Johnny Depp, I have never watched this film. My kids have the DVD and keep pushing it in my direction. I'll get to it eventually, but it sounds so sad!


Wrong wrong wrong!

You really have to watch this film - it genuinely is in my top three films of all time. As well as the reasons I have mentioned above, you would really love its depiction of surburban life and how it can be so restricting, especially for those who do not conform. The film is relatively short, yet has so much to say, and gives you so much food for thought. I wouldn't describe it as sad; I would say that it was personal, heartfelt and moving. It is a magical fairytale full of wonder. It is a thing of sheer beauty and a work of genius. And the creation of Edward himself, a joint work from Burton and Depp; Edward takes my breath away and steals my heart. I am his and he is mine!

Don't get round to it "eventually" - rush round to your kids now, grab it out of their hands, and stick it on the DVD!

And next time, if your kids push something in your direction, watch it immediately (my mum is just the same, she never listens to me and/or my recommendations - her loss, she is missing out on Sherlock!).

I guess you can't all be wrong. :-)) I'm going to dig out the dvd now for more immediate consideration...

YES - I like the "more immediate consideration"!

Okay, I watched this yesterday evening and enjoyed it very much. At first I was just so amused by the suburban set-up. Then of course the idyll turns more nasty. But the end, although a little sad, is still the stuff of fairytales. I like that there were some folk who were out and out good throughout – the Avon lady's family, and the friendly cop. I shall think of Edward now every time it snows, or when I have to trim the hedge. :-))

Brilliant - I am glad that you enjoyed it.

I knew you would appreciate the whole surburbia vibe.

It is a whimsical fairytale and that is why I love it so much.

A German Cumberbatchfan friend recently commented on my special gift of being able to turn any conversation back to Benedict Cumberbatch within a maximum of 3 minutes flat. And to prove her right, I am going to do it now.

One of the reasons I originally became a Cumberbatchfan was because Benedict was an Edward; he was "odd". He had unusual features, he looked very different from a typical leading man because of his facial features and his flame-red hair. But, more than that, his choices re roles were "odd"; he always took on very challenging work and, in the early days, he was often playing geeky intellectual eccentric emotionally-challenged characters. That drew me to him. And the rest is history!

Of course, Benedict has now made his name playing the Creature, which is yet another "Edward" - the Creature was different, he entered society for the first time, he was shunned and persecuted, and felt alone, isolated and abandoned; that is what subsequently fuels his revenge. Unlike the Creature, despite receiving similar treatment to the Creature, there is not a single malicious bone in Edward's body and so he does not react in the same way as the creature and is not in the least bit interested in revenge; that is what makes Edward such a special character. Yes I think Edward waltzed off with my heart many moons ago!

Name that tune actor in three minutes? I think my long-sufferring family would say that I can name him in two... :-)) Still, things are improving for them. I used to turn every conversion around to Professor Snape!

Definitely an improvement!

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