There are certain movies that I feel I need to be in a specific mood to watch, and I only watch them once every few years. Donnie Darko, The Butterfly Effect, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are all examples of that, as well as Edward Scissorhands. Edward Scissorhands is such an emotional and extreme kind of film. Everything is brilliant: the sets, the costumes, and Johnny Depp especially (who trained for the role by watching old silent films in order to understand how to elicit sympathy without speaking).
One of the things I enjoy the most about reading up on movies is learning who might have been cast instead of who was cast. For the role of Edward, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr. and William Hurt were all considered. I love imagining what the film would have been like, had it not been the way it was. Michael Jackson apparently wanted the part as well, and I am pretty sure I would not have enjoyed that version at all, or at least not nearly as much. Johnny Depp brings Edward to life in a sincere and tragic way. This movie is perfect the way it was, and I’m glad Tom Cruise didn’t ruin it. Everything about it is so Tim Burton-esque, and it helps pave the way for the future of the Tim Burton film empire.