Edward Scissorhands tells a story about a robot named Edward who has a pair of scissorhands. He lived in his castle alone until a warm-hearted saleswoman break into the castle and take him home. He enters the human world afterword and experiences many joys and sorrows.
The dramatic contrasts in the film are particularly highlighted——the contrast between peace in the castle and noisy in the town, the contrast between the defectiveness in Edward and the seemingly unabridged residents, and the contrast between beauty and ugliness. In addition, the contrast between beauty and ugliness runs through the whole film. The warm-hearted Peggy, the childish and unsophisticated Edward, the love between Edward and Kim, the policeman who is willing to protect the beauty, those people are all conveying the beauty to us. On the contrary, there is depiction of ugliness, such as the unkind neighborhoods and the malicious Jim, Kim’s ex-boyfriend. What is interesting is that the more contrast you make, the more you will cherish the beauty and disgust the ugliness.
The story ends without any cosmic conclusions, but it’s pretty dismal and affecting, letting people immerse in it for such a long time. To some degree, this is really a tragedy. As LuXun once said: tragedy means showing the destruction of valuable things to people. People tend to prefer the happy endings, while invariably, what make people memorable and thought-provoking are those imperfect endings. Probably, it’s for some reasons that the imperfect endings are more likely to arouse sympathy, after all, life is suffering, and nobody’s life seems to be perfect. Consequently, the tragedy can always reflect plenty of realities. However, from my point of view, the very meaning of tragedy lies not in revealing the miserable reality, but in showing people the truth, the good and the beauty via the conflicts of tragedy and the expressions of contents.