Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: Caroline Thompson (Screenplay) Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson (Story)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne West, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell

 

Plot: A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.


Tagline – Innocence is what he knows. Beauty is what she sees.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautifully Dark Fantasy Film

 

Story: Edward Scissorhands starts as local Avon saleslady Peg (Wiest) reluctantly goes to the mysterious abandoned mansion overlooking her small community where she finds young man Edward (Depp) who is living in isolation with scissors for hands.

With Edward trying to settle into a normal life, he soon becomes popular with the locals because of his ability to use his hands to create beautiful garden decorations and soon he becomes the talk of the town while slowly falling in love with Kim (Ryder) the daughter of Peg.

 

Thoughts on Edward Scissorhands

 

Characters – Edward has lived in isolation for his whole life, when he is discovered he tries to get used to normal life even with the scissors for hands, he shows amazing abilities when it comes to cutting things be it bushes, hair or grooming, though his isolation has made it difficult for him to understand right from wrong in the world, until the time comes for him to make a difference. Kim is the daughter of the family that take Edward in, she has an abusive boyfriend who fits the generic high school asshole, she sees the kindness in Edward wanting to help make him understand life more. Peg is the Avon saleslady that finds Edward and wants to help him understand a normal life, she doesn’t believe she is doing anything wrong and with her being an outsider of the gossip girls, she suddenly is put in the spotlight too. Jim is the asshole boyfriend that wants to use Edward for his own gain knowing that he wants he girl, he gets jealous of the new bond between the two and looks to find his own way to fix it.

PerformancesJohnny Depp in the leading role is fantastic, he shows the innocence his character needs through each new discovery while looking like he is taking everything in. Winona Ryder works wonderfully as the romantic interest that shows the sweet side and the conflicted side of her character. Dianne Wiest shows us just how a middle-aged woman with her own insecurities can be strong for everybody around her no matter what they think of her and Anthony Michael Hall hits the asshole boyfriend down just like we need him to.

StoryThe story follows Edward a young man that gets bought out of isolation and bought into a normal community while always being the outsider. We see how they want to welcome him with open arms, while also having the fears of just what he could be capable of if something was to go wrong. We get a good strong moral to the story, which is to respect anybody no matter what they look like because inside they could have the same feelings as you. The story is told in fairy tale form which keeps a glimpse of magic about everything we are seeing. From the moment the father gets Edward drunk by accident to the barbecue scene we get to see how Edward adapts to each social situation too. This is one of the stronger of all Tim Burton’s stories which shows us just how important being nice to people in life will be for everyone.

Fantasy/RomanceThe fantasy side of this film focuses on just how Edward a man with scissors first came about and second must be accepted in life. The romance comes from just how Edward learns what love is when he meets Kim, how both learn about difficult decisions when it comes to loved ones and how important acts of kindness can help people.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in one location, a small community which has gossip about anything that happens there and comes together for the better moments.


Scene of the Movie –
Helping the dog see.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact all the women just seem to want to do is gossip.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of those beautiful fantasy films, it shows us just how people need to be treated fairly no matter what they look like because kindness can be found in all.

 

Overall: Fantasy fans enjoy.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – A – The Age of Adaline (2015)

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Writer: J Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd

 

Plot: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.


Tagline – The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Fantasy Romance

 

Story: The Age of Adaline starts in modern day where Adeline (Lively) goes by the name of Jenny looking to start a new life like she does every so many years because of the events in her life. We follow the life of Adaline from her first marriage and child, where she has an accident which stops her from aging past the age of 29.

When the modern time Adaline continues her meetings with her now elderly daughter Flemming (Burstyn) her life starts getting more difficult, first her daughter wants to move away, while Ellis Jones (Huisman) walks into her life with sparks flying, will she finally let someone else back in her life with her secret.

 

Thoughts on The Age of Adaline

 

Characters – Adaline Bowman was born in the early 1908, the year is now 2014 and she still looks 29-years-old, this is a result of an accident which bought her life to a dramatic twist, she will see her daughter grow old, while keeping her secret safe from the world, now encouraged to live her life, she meets a man she falls in love with which only makes things complicated once again. Ellis is the man that walks into the life of Adaline, to give her new hope to come out of hiding and to experience love once again. William is Ellis father that remembers Adaline from his younger life, he changes everything in her life when she wants to bring out the secret. Flemming is the daughter of Adaline, well the two know this, as she gets older she takes different roles in her life.

PerformancesBlake Lively is great in this leading role of the film, she shows us just how her character wants to keep a secret from the world however much it hurts her. Michiel Huisman is strong in his role being his first leading role he does well, Harrison Ford might not turn up for an hour into the film and is solid enough as is Ellen Burstyn seemingly enjoying these roles of seeing her parents become younger than her.

StoryThe story follows a young woman that has lived over 100 years and still is 29-years old, she has seen the events of the world from the shadows until now she lets someone in bring her secret to light. This comes into the lines of if you would be able to live forever would you be able to let people into your life. It shows what seems like eternal life breaking ones ability to enjoy life knowing the secret will get them chased down and with the overall narration of the film it does feel like it has elements of a fairy tale.

Fantasy/RomanceThe fantasy side of the film comes from how Adaline become immortal, her accident is filled with the clichés for fantasy, the romance comes from needing to learn whether to let people back into your life after not letting anyone in.

SettingsThe film does take place over the century, we get to see how things change and how Adaline adapts to each situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth comes out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It seems strange pushing your son to marry a woman you once had a summer fling with.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the fantasy romance films I do think people who are fans of the genre will enjoy, it gets the sweetness correct and asked the big question needed.

 

Overall: Romance delights.

Rating

 

 

The Glass House (2001)

glassDirector: Daniel Sackheim

Writer: Wesley Strick (Screenplay)

Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard, Bruce Dern, Kathy Baker, Trevor Morgan, Chris North

 

Plot: An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren’t the caring friends they seemed to be.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Solid Thriller

 

Story: The Glass House starts as high school student Ruby Baker (Sobieski) and her younger brother Rhett (Morgan) lose their parents in a car accident they find themselves orphaned and having to move into the Glass household with Erin (Lane) and Terry (Skarsgard).

After spending time with the family Ruby starts to suspect something strange going on with the Glass family and that they have an alternative motive for wanting to take the orphaned children in.

The Glass House is a thriller that does follow the ABC ideas of most of these domestic thrillers where the eldest child has to prove their new guardians are not who they thought they could be even if they have trick the others into believe they are good and all the people that are important. The problem here is that this is nothing overly fresh, it also doesn’t push any of the boundaries needed for the thriller side of the story. it all just becomes extreme average as easily forgettable.

 

Overall: Basic thriller that just doesn’t hit any of the good marks needed in a true thriller.

Rating45

 

 

Last Chance Harvey (2008)

logoDirector: Joel Hopkins

Writer: Joel Hopkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Richard Schiff

 

Plot: In London for his daughter’s wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Romantic Drama

 

Story: Last Chance Harvey starts with pianist Harvey (Hoffman) and Kate (Thompson) who are both in their 50s but clearly very lonely. Harvey is going to London for his daughter’s Susan (Balaban) wedding but is being put on a deadline at work with the next job being his last chance to save his job. We also watch Kate getting forced into blind dating with a co-workers partner’s friend.

When Harvey has to give up seeing part of his daughter’s wedding to try and save his job he ends up losing his job and finally getting a chance meeting with Kate after we see certain almost moments between too. As the two become friends from their one afternoon together Kate talks Harvey into returning to the wedding being it is her once in a lifetime moment.

Last Chance Harvey is a story that shows that however long you have to wait you will get your chance as long as you are willing to take it. We do get to see how one man has lost his moment to experience the most important parts of his life and clearly looks unhappy but isn’t willing to let his latest chance go. The story really does focus on what would be the chance we miss not letting them be the chance we don’t take. This story is filled with charm but really is just about the conversation and reaction between the two leads. The time period being used is over two days which makes the idea that the chance is even higher risk with their decision. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dustin Hoffman: Harvey Shine is the jingle writer who has to travel from America to London for his daughter’s wedding. Harvey has to go through the situation of being left alone through the rehearsal dinner while seeing his ex-wife happy with her new husband. His life is turned upside down when he loses the chance to give away his daughter because of his job which he later loses before meeting the equally lonely Kate who starts a potential romance. Dustin shows he always had the charm to be a leading man to sweep a lady of her feet. (7/10)

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Emma Thompson: Kate Walker is the single lady who has to deal with her mother wanting someone to talk to all the time, being set up with the wrong type of guys through work friends before meeting Harvey, Harvey is reluctant to let her go without a conversation which opens up the doors to a potential romance between the two. Emma shows here that she is still filled with her charm for a romantic film. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Last Chance Harvey has a supporting cast that includes most of the wedding party that all work to show how Harvey may have missed out on too much of his life. it also has the members of Kate’s life that make her feel out of place in the group.

 

Director Review: Joel Hopkins – Joel gives us a good romantic film that is focused on the relationship between two people. (7/10)

 

Drama: Last Chance Harvey looks into the ideas of missing moments in life and taking the chances that present themselves to you. (7/10)

Romance: Last Chance Harvey shows that a simple conversation could start a romantic angle. (8/10)

Settings: Last Chance Harvey centres the most part of the story in London but never uses the traditional landmarks to remind us. (8/10)

Suggestion: Last Chance Harvey is one to try, it tells a nice simple story that could easily have just been a chapter in Love Actually. (Romantic Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Hoffman and Thompson are great.

Worst Part: We don’t really meet too much of the supporting cast, but this does work because it shows how distant our two leads are from them.

 

Believability: The idea of that moment coming to change everything in our lives is always good to see. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Chapters of Love Actually.

 

Awards: Both Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman were nominated for Golden Globes.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: When it comes to love, is it ever too late to take a chance?

 

Overall: Last Chance Harvey is a touchingly charming tale of love when you least expect it.

Rating 70