For Hicksflicks.com, Nov. 14, 2014

There are many pleasures in Tim Burton's delightful comedy-fantasy "Edward Scissorhands" (1990, PG-13), not the least of which is Johnny Depp at his most endearing as the title character.

The imaginative, offbeat story has Vincent Price as a lonely inventor, a sort of Geppetto figure, who creates a live boy — but before he can attach human hands over the boy's scissor-like appendages, the inventor dies of a heart attack.

In time, the lad is adopted by the local Avon lady (Dianne Wiest) and taken to live with her family in a nearby candy-colored suburb. After some awkward adjustments to life with his new family, Edward is soon revealed to be a creative artist of sorts, first fashioning topiary figures in the yard, then cutting the hair of the local women, all of whom are aggressively eccentric. But things eventually go sour and the community turns against him.

Most of the way, this is a wonderfully fashioned fable with many memorable sequences, and Burton's visual style perfectly captures the dark, gothic nature of Edward's first home, as well as the sprightly, colorful cookie-cutter suburbs.


Johnny Depp as 'Edward Scissorhands' with his topiary artistry.

"Edward Scissorhands" is a singular creation that could only come from Burton, and his handpicked cast is great, including Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker (cast against type) and young Robert Oliveri. And mention should be made of Danny Elfman's entrancing musical score, which remains one of his most enjoyable.

But in the end it takes a turn that goes a little too dark with a surprisingly violent sequence that seems out of sync with the rest of the film.


Dianne Wiest's hair is cut by Johnny Depp as 'Edward Scissorhands.'

Still, it's not enough to do any permanent damage and most of the way "Edward Scissorhands" is a delightful, bubbly fantasy that most should find completely enchanting.

It's also a film that benefits from being seen on the big screen and we have a rare opportunity to see it that way as the final entry in Cinemark's latest classic movies cycle on Sunday (Nov. 16) at 2 p.m. and Wednesday (Nov. 19) at 2 and 7 p.m.