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The Best of Johnny Depp: Bringing Edward Scissorhands to Life

by on July 23, 2012

The movie poster

Fact: Most of us (86%, to be precise, according to an Access Hollywood poll) like Johnny Depp. I am with the majority. In fact, one of my goals as a film fanatic is to watch all Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Al Pachino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicolson movies. Needless to say, that’s going to be while, thanks to the latter three. But I’ll get there. Coming back to Depp, first of all, (I’m just going to put it out there) I am in awe of the man. I guess the whole mysterious-and-silent thing gets to me. But more than that, I like the man because, to me, he is a hell of an actor. And to top it off, he’s a musician.

Fact: No, I didn’t become a Johnny Depp fan after watching The Curse Of The Black Pearl. Not even after watching the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory remake. My first taste of Johnny Depp was in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands way back in 2006. I think the first two Pirates movies were out by then but I hadn’t seen them and frankly, had no idea who Johnny Depp even was back then. But I couldn’t be happier that it was Edward Scissorhands that I saw first because it is, to this day, the best by Johnny Depp (and frankly the best of Tim Burton as well).

It’s one of those rare-to-come-by pieces of art, that will warm your heart, make you smile and cry as well, all within the span of a mere 100 minutes. If I had to sum up this movie in one sentence it would be: “A strangely beautiful and colourfully sad film about a man who simply wanted to fit in.” I think I speak for everybody when I say that we’ve felt this way at one point or the other. And if you’re still shrugging your shoulders, Winona Ryder looks absolutely adorable throughout the film.

Fantasy films, have a knack of being truer to life than the rest. Ironical, isn’t it?But that’s what draws us to them. It gives us the choice of believing or rejecting the idea completely. Some of us are fine with accepting it, while some feel more at ease when in denial. Apart from suggesting, no, urging you to rent Edward Scissorhands, I’ll leave you with a couple of “fun facts” about the film.

Fun Fact #1: Florida was chosen to represent Burbank(the town where the film takes place). The film was shot in a real neighbourhood. They rented out about 50 houses, painted them and added in the foliage and plant life.

Fun Fact #2: Johnny Depp has only 169 words in dialog throughout the entire film.

Kim: You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren’t up there now… I don’t think it would be snowing. Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it.

Reviewed by AABG TEAM 

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