In Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, a suburban fairy tale with incredibly imaginative sets, an Avon lady, Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), discovers the half-finished experiment--a man/monster named Edward (Johnny Depp)--of a mad scientist (played magically by Vincent Price) living in the neighbourhood's old abandoned castle. The scientist died before replacing the shy man s large shears with real hands. When Peg attempts to bring Edward into her suburban world, to live among her skeptical family (husband Alan Arkin and daughter Winona Ryder) and gossipy neighbours, his hands--dangerous yet capable of creating things of great beauty--make for some awkward, funny, and poignant situations: Edward as a topiary gardener, Edward as a cutting-edge hair stylist.
Edward Scissorhands is a story about tolerance, difference, and creativity as much as it is a story of a young man s coming of age (the young man in question is, of course, a monster). In the ironically surreal world of Edward s suburban community, he must try to find his place in it, and in the world at large.