Hello and welcome to episode 29 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, about the movie Edward Scissorhands. This is a movie I love very much, I remember watching it on Sky TV when Sky pay tv was still great to watch.
Edward Scissorhands stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, who were going out with each other at the time they starred in this movie. Edward Scissorhands has a simple, and yet original plot, that Edward is a freaky man in some kind of leather suit, made by an inventor played by Vincent Price (thriller laugh) , who falls in love with a normal woman.
Tim Burton was having a great time making classic movies, he had made Pee Wees Big Adventure, great movie, Beetlejuice which I dont like as much, the original 1989 Batman, and then Edward Scissorhands in 1990.
Heres the trailer for Edward Scissorhands
As usual, Im going to tell you the whole story of what happens in the movie, so there will be spoilers. Ok, thats my warning out of the way, so now I get to talk about the ending of the movie.
Edward is an artificial man, apparently, made by an inventor, played by vincent price (thriller laugh again), every time I say his name The Laugh From Thriller goes off! Ok, hes done laughing.
The movie starts with an elderly woman telling her Granddaughter a bedtime story about a mechanical man who was made by an inventor.
The Inventor dies as he gives Edward a gift, a pair of hands made from what looks like rubber. Edward had been left with awful scissor things for hands, a bunch of clippers and scissors for hands. He also has a weird gimp suit kind of leather outfit on.
Edward lives alone in the inventors mansion until one day when a local Avon lady stops by. It turns out to be Peg Boggs, a friendly local woman from the town below the mansion. She finds Edward, and brings him down to civilisation.
At first the family is quite spooked by Edward, but he is accepted by the neighbourhood after a short time. Ed likes Peg's daughter Kim, played by Winona Ryder, but her boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, the geek from The Breakfast Club, hates Edward.
Edward likes to trim hedges, he makes wonderful, yet tacky hedge sculptures. One woman, who flirts constantly with men, suggests Edward start up a hair salon. He is successful at this for a time, but has trouble getting a loan from a bank, since he doesnt have a credit rating, or any assets to back a loan.
Kims boyfriend Jim wants money for a van of his own, he realises that Edward can pick locks with his hands. Jim lies to Edward, seemingly tricking him into breaking into a house, to supposedly get Jims stolen stuff back from this strange house. An alarm goes off when Edward, Jim and a few other friends are inside, and doors come down and seal Edward in. The others leave him there to be caught. Edward cant work door knobs, and is trapped until the police come.
Edward is taken to the police station where they discover that Edward doesnt know the difference between right or wrong. He's lived alone almost all his life, and is very trusting of stranger. Police officer Allen notices that inside Edward is a very kind person, and is nice to him. Edward gets out of the police station.
The townspeople turn on Edward after the burglary, not long before they had loved him for being so unique and friendly, but now they all seem to decide that they have always hated him, and that nobody had ever trusted him. Edward is hated by almost everyone, except for the Bogg family that he lives with. The Bogg's have a christmas party, Edward starts carving a sculpture from a block of ice. Note to listeners in New Zealand, in the top half of the world, like America, its very cold around December, white christmas and all that. In New Zealand we have our hottest weather around december to February, we have christmas at the beach.
The Boggs christmas party is very quiet, none of the family friends go because they dont like Edward.
Shavings of ice flutter off in a maniac fashion while Edward creates his ice sculpture, they look just like falling snow, and Kim dances slowly underneath, she is not used to snow living in a warm town. While cutting the ice, Edward accidentally cuts Kims hand. Jim her mean boyfriend thinks that Ed deliberately hurt her, and attacks Edward.
Kims brother Kevin is almost ran over by a drunk friend of Jims, Edward sees the van coming, and pushes kevin out of the way, accidentally cutting him as well. The neighbours and police think that Edward is attacking people, and chase him out of town. Edward goes back to his lonely life at the top of the hill, in the inventors dilapidated old mansion. An angry mob of neighbours storm up to the mansion, looking for Edward. Officer Allen tries to disperse the angry crowd, he tries to trick them into thinking Edward is already dead, and tells them its all over. They continue on to the mansion.
Kim gets to the mansion before the angry neighbours, she finds Edward alone. Jim follows them and attacks them both, but is eventually killed efficiently, best way to describe it, by Edward, who didnt want to hurt anyone, but does so to defend Kim.
Kim tells Edward how much she loves him, its a very touching scene, I get choked up watching it, and Kim tells the mob that Jim and Edward both killed each other during the pervious fight. All the neighbours return home.
The elderly woman from the movies beginning reappears, and she finishes her story about Edward Scissorhands to her granddaughter. It is revealed that Edward is still alive and "creating snow" from his ice sculptures, which fall upon the valley below. The elderly woman reveals to her granddaughter that she is, in fact, Kim. She refuses to visit Edward because she wants Edward to remember her the way she was in her youth.
Its a very sad, but beautiful ending, its one of my favourite movie endings of all time. I have to give Edward Scissorhands 5 out of 5, for being so original and sad.
I do get a little upset everytime watching the ending, that the old lady, Kim, never went and saw Edward again, so hes just lived alone in an old house for 50 years? We see he had made statues of Kim, he obviously thought of her all the time. What a terrible way to live, all alone, wanting to be with someone.
In casting, apparently Michael Jackson wanted to be Edward, that would have been amazing to watch. Michael Jackson also wanted the part of Willy Wonka in the latest remake, which went to, that Johnny Depp guy again!
Edward Scissorhands has some amazing music, Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman, the guy who made The Simpsons theme worked together again. Three Tom Jones songs appear in Edward Scissorhands. Its not unusual, Delilah, and With These Hands, perfect for a scissorhanded guy.
I'll end with the main theme for Edward Scissorhands, its very beautiful.
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edward scissorhands theme
INTRO clip, from Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty (I need scissors! 61!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFa8zfWfeA edward scissorhands trailer