Edward Scissorhands (1990)

My favorite Tim Burton movie, “Edward Scissorhands” is a once-in-a-generation fable that has stood the test of time. Its charming, haunting score and set design are just as striking upon repeat viewings as they are to new viewers, thanks to director Tim Burton’s facility with visual narrative conventions and remarkable attention to detail. However, this movie wouldn’t work nearly as well as it does were it not for Johnny Depp’s touching central performance: Tender, sensitive and unique, it’s the type of performance that could have gone wrong in someone else’s hands and ruined the movie, but instead managed to become the movie’s signature triumph.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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