Edward Scissorhands

I holed up in the office as it rained outside.  I didn’t go out to lunch and grew tired.  I was anxious to be done with my lecture.  I did a respectable job of it.  Afterwards, I bought a beef burrito.  I watched the beginning of the episode of The Flash, and then I brought out the Blu-ray disc of “Edward Scissorhands.”  After more than twenty-five years have passed since its release, it seems like one of Tim Burton’s best films.  I had to wonder why Edward wasn’t more careful with those hands at certain moments.  I also thought about the waterbed that he punctured.  Didn’t he lie in it later without getting wet?  I wouldn’t want to eat the meat that he carved, knowing that he used his hands to trim hedges and cut hair.  Anthony Michael Hall went through a frightening transformation in the six years since “Sixteen Candles.”  It did seem to be true, however, about what he said about Edward destroying everything he touched.  Dianne Wiest was between “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” and she still looked pretty young.  I had almost forgotten that there were such people as Avon ladies years ago.  It was rather sad that Vincent Price was near the end of his life at this point.  It would have been great if his role in the film had been larger.  The family didn’t seem to know anything about how banks worked, as Edward tried to get a loan.  I had the feeling that this was an autobiographical scene for Tim Burton, although I never listened to the commentary track on the disc.  How did Edward develop the ability to pick locks if he grew up in isolation, like the characters in “The Wild Child” or “Being There”?  He was something of a fool for falling in love with Kim without even knowing what kind of person she was.  She attached herself to someone who was controlling, angry, greedy, and capable of violence.  When her sense of right or wrong was tested, she did the stupid thing and just went along with what someone else wanted.  What struck me at the end was the strange nature of law enforcement in this town, as there is a death and everyone just lets it go.  Apparently, the neighborhood was based on Burbank, Burton’s hometown.  I also wondered how Edward lived in that house apparently without any food or water.  One of my favorite moments was Edward working on his ice sculpture with Kim watching.  Winona Ryder had been in “Beetlejuice,” and it’s too bad that she wasn’t in more Burton films.  The Johnny Depp in this movie was a distant Johnny Depp, before all those years of superstardom.  Alan Arkin played Kim’s father.  In those years, he wasn’t so old that he played grandfathers, like in “Little Miss Sunshine.”  The story of this movie showed an outcast who arrives in the world of ordinary people, wins a bit of fame, can’t adjust to the world, and retreats back to his home.  It sounded like it might have been the story of Tim Burton.  It’s a shame that the Tim Burton of recent years has been running low on inspiration.  We would all really love it if he somehow got back to the spirit of movies like “Edward Scissorhands.”  I fell asleep and awoke to the news that Richard Hatch had died on pancreatic cancer at age 71.  I remember him as the actor who replaced Michael Douglas on “The Streets of San Francisco.”  Some of the people who died on February 9 include Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1881), Sophie Tucker (1966), Bill Haley (1981), David Wayne (1995), and Ian Richardson (2007).  Today is a birthday for Mia Farrow (72), Alice Walker (73), Joe Pesci (74), and Carole King (75).

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