The ‘Before’ Trilogy – Review

Rating: 15
Cast: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
Directed by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
Length: 290mins

In 1995, director Richard Linklater released ‘Before Sunrise,’ an elegant portrait of two travellers who just happened to meet on a train headed towards Vienna. Though he may not have known it at the time, Linklater had begun what would develop into one of the most fondly-remembered film trilogies of all time. 2004 brought the release of ‘Before Sunset,’ and 2013 concluded the series with the ‘Before Midnight.’ Whilst these films could easily be written off on the surface as typical rom-coms that dance through romantic locations, they actually work as one of the strongest cases for minimalist cinema, where dialogue and character lead the story to create an atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates the relationships and locations of what is displayed on screen.

In the opening film, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) strikes up a conversation with Céline (Julie Delpy), just some girl on a train. With Céline a student who’s headed back to Paris, and Jesse an American with a flight home the next morning, it seems that their surprisingly intricate connection seems doomed, but after Jesse suggests that Céline instead gets off at his stop so that they can wander the streets of Vienna together, the audience gets a second chance at watching their relationship develop. Played out in a series of extended long takes, the audience may not realise but they’re actually beginning a journey into the first stage of a relationship that will be revisited as both Jesse and Céline grow older and move forward with their lives.

The magic of this trilogy comes from these aforementioned long takes, where the conversation between the leads is able to develop without any unnatural distractions from the editing department. The glorious European settings that ground all three films is explored as a result of the way the film is shot, without feeling like it takes anything away from a relationship that you soon become invested in. By locating his story in a part of the world that many of us may have only fleeting memories of, or none at all, the beauty of the background further develops the fantastical elements of the story.

Of course, in a story where the only recurring characters are the two leads, it’s important that they have a strong connection. In this case, the performances by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are what makes this trilogy. Hawke’s stereotypical American attitudes coincide perfectly with the French cynicism that Delpy brings to the screen. As they weave from one subject to the next whilst also wondering the moonlit streets of Vienna, Paris, or Greece, the leads somehow manage to avoid making any moment of their conversation from becoming pretentious or self-obsessed. Instead, these feel like moments that the audience wish to be a part of.

Whilst the first of the three stories feels like a sort of mystical fairy-tale – a chance encounter that develops into a complex and deep relationship – the true genius of the trilogy is the way that Linklater humanises his characters throughout the following films. Of course, there is a hope shared between both the viewer and the characters that they may be able to cling to that first encounter, and their connection will never fade, but as the story progresses so does their relationship, revealing a human side to what previously was seen as fantastical.

I would say that if anyone stuck inside at the moment was looking for some way to escape, Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy is the perfect set of films. With none of the films going over the hour and forty minute, this short testament to cinema serves as a complete escape into a world of wonder and intrigue.

The Legend Of Tarzan – Review

Rating: 12
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.
Directed by David Yates
Written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer
Length: 110mins

In 2016 David Yates brought the story of Tarzan back to the big screen. Originally books, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, the story of the boy raised by apes certainly captured the attentions of a wide range of audiences; assisted, of course, by Disney’s animated musical adaptation. There have been several film versions since so why make another? This film succeeds in taking a well known story and finding a totally fresh angle. While including the charm of a childhood classic it’s full of action, romance and friendship – a true family film and perhaps a modern classic.

Part of the intrigue of this film is that it’s main story is somewhat separate from ‘the boy raised by apes’. The movie starts with the setting of the scene – the African Congo divided and King Leopold of Belgium running up enormous debts in his attempts to discover his new colonies’ riches; in desperation he sends Leon Rom (Waltz) to source the legendary diamonds of Opar who is met by a mighty tribe determined to defend their land and its heritage…or so it seems. Our first introduction to Tarzan (Skarsgard) is as John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, a gentleman thriving in his adult life with his wife, Jane (Robbie). A whirlwind of events follow in a plot filled with a wonderful originality for a legendary story remade many times.

For those hoping for a nostalgic experience, you will not be disappointed. Though this film does lack amusing little musical numbers and talking animals, we are presented with familiarities of the legend through flashbacks and reminiscent dialogue. This movie doesn’t strike me as one that aimed for particular accolades within the film industry and though armed with a hugely talented award winning cast, it really feels like the storytelling is at it’s heart. The editing and the score fit perfectly with the essence of the overall production. This seemingly ‘simple’ approach, by simple I mean a key focus being plainly on the telling of the story, is what makes it so watchable. Through my watching and re-watching of this movie it has highlighted and elicited a desire to pull out the truth from amongst the story. Though this particular storyline was created and developed, King Leopold of Belgium and the horrors that he imposed onto the Congo were very real; slavery, exploitation, kidnap, ransom and genocide. It is my view that if a fictional story can highlight an issue enough to encourage it’s audience to research how much, if any, of it’s story is true, then it’s a vitally important tool.

Alexander Skarsgard manages to portray a truly believable character, one difficult for many in western civilisations to comprehend. Though many will understand ‘Tarzan’ to be a fictional character there are some who believe that Lord William Charles Midlan, an earl who lived in the wilds of Africa between 1868 and 1883, was the inspiration for the original story. There are many true stories of children taken in my primates and though they most likely didn’t ‘speak’ to the animals, a level of communication and learning must have developed. Fascinating scenarios that really do add to the enjoyment whilst watching a film like ‘The Legend of Tarzan’.

While the country is in lockdown this is a perfect film to sit down and watch with the entire family, with little flashes of humour, action and a whole load of originality it should capture the attention of all ages. As previously stated this film encourages research, be it into the original inspiration for Tarzan (Lord Midlan), into cases of humans taken in by animals or into the historical injustices that cover the worlds history. If one of those areas interests you I urge you to look into it and see what you can learn.

Postponed cinema releases to look forward to…

As we enter yet another week of lockdown, many people are finding themselves going a little stir crazy. We’ve shared numerous film recommendations over the past few weeks as well as weekly reviews but we cannot wait to get back to watching new releases in the cinema and we’re sure many of you will be feeling the same. If you’re looking to the future and starting to think about things you’re looking forward to maybe some of these delayed releases will make it to your list…

1) Mulan, original release: 27th March, revised release: 24th July

The latest in Disney’s live action remake of one of their classic animations. The story follows a strong willed young woman who is struggling with the idea of stepping into the ‘female’ roles that she is expected to. Upon a call for the male members of each family to join the army to fight the huns, Mulan pretends to be a man and heads to war in the place of her ageing father in an attempt to save China.

2) Wonder Woman 1984, original release: 5th June, revised release: 14th August

The sequel to 2017’s DC sensation ‘Wonder Woman’, the plot has remained very secret. But Gal Gadot’s return to this iconic role is sure to a whirlwind of adventure and is definitely one to watch out for if you love a good superhero movie.

3) The French Dispatch, original release: 24th July, revised release: 16th October

Wes Anderson’s latest piece of work, The French Dispatch brings a star studded cast to an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”.

4) Black Widow, original release: 1st May, revised release: 6th November

In Black Widow’s stand alone movie the audience gets a look at the challenges Natasha Romanoff undertook in her quests between Marvel films ‘Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’. As one of the Avengers with such an interesting and mysterious past we can be sure to expect and action packed adventure.

5) No Time To Die, original release: 4th April, revised release: 12th November

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond. No Time To Die see’s 007 having left active service. That is until his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter turns up asking for Bond’s help. James sets onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

6) Top Gun: Maverick, original release: 26th June, revised release: 23rd December

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

7) Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, original release: 7th August, revised release: 15th January.

Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.

8) In The Heights, original release: 26th June, revised release: UNKNOWN

A feature version of the Broadway musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. A fantastic musical which looks to make an outstanding movie.

Of course, these are just 8 of the many films that have been postponed due to the global pandemic of Covid:19. We hope the day that cinemas reopen comes around quickly, but until then, enjoy catching up with those movies you’ve never got around to watching! Stay safe, stay well.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Review

Rating: 15
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel and Luana Bajrami.
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Written by Céline Sciamma
Length: 120mins

There’s a rich texture to the work of Céline Sciamma that almost acts as artwork itself, and her latest release, ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is no different. On an isolated island in Brittany towards the end of the eighteenth century, a painter named Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is brought to the land to capture the image of the soon-to-be married Héloīse (Adèle Haenel).

The film follows the narrative from Marianne’s perspective throughout the majority of the story, and as a result, the intricacies of her character begin to familiarise themselves with the viewer. For a story that develops a complex relationship such as Marianne and Héloīse’s, such an attention to detail is necessary to engage the viewer with their relationship. Céline Sciamma succeeds brilliantly in this regard, and every detail feels as if it has great importance within the film because we are so tuned in to the reactions that each character delivers after any change of emotion or moment of drama.

The combination of pristine cinematography matched with a location that feels both sublime and personal creates an overall atmosphere that draws in the viewer, just as the two leads are drawn to one another. You feel as if the characters have escaped from the confines of the outside world, and for a brief period of time, you’ve escaped with them. If film is defined as a medium for escapism, then ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ stands as a powerful testament to the strength of this art form. The world our leads inhabit feels rich with character, from the harsh dangers of the cliff face to the secret caverns that lie beneath, the success of the location is that it acts as another whole element of the narrative, working as a reflection of each scene’s emotions. This idea is only further emphasised by the stunning portraits that come from the sweeping hands of Marianne, despite their supposed permanence contradicting the fragility of the relationships developed within the narrative.

In this release, Céline Sciamma solidifies her status as one of the most exciting directors working today, using techniques that feel refreshed by her employment. Her stories may appear delicate at first, but hide depth in the context of their creation. The expression of her own personality is beautifully painted across the screen, and the consideration and care that she brings to her work is unparalleled. Despite the narrative first appearing as fairly simplistic, the subtle introduction to themes of abortion, homosexuality and feminism feel less like an education on these subjects, and more of a necessity.

I would highly recommend that you take some time to enjoy this film, as it’s one that definitely shouldn’t be missed. It’s currently available for streaming over on the Curzon website, and may just be the perfect bout of escapism from the regularity of quarantine.

Top ten isolation picks from Netflix!

As we enter yet another week of lockdown we thought we’d share our top picks from Netflix. I’m sure you’ll find something for everyone in our list.

1) Marriage Story, 2019
Rating: 15 Length: 137mins

In Noah Baumbach’s highly acclaimed Netflix original film, we follow the story of a couple going through a divorce. Though not a particularly ‘happy’ film, we are transported into the lives of this family as they negotiate their own feelings and try to do what is right by their young son. Whether this is the sort of film you would watch ordinarily, the lockdown presents an opportunity to try something new and encounter truly brilliant writing and outstanding performances.

2) La La land, 2016
Rating: 12 Length: 128mins

A film which seems to divide the masses into ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’, I think this film is a work of genius. A modern day musical with a very raw essence. A love story of an actress and musician whilst facing their struggles trying to find work in Hollywood. A beautiful score, meaningful lyrics and a real glimpse into the lives of artists.

3) Mystic Pizza, 1988
Rating: 15 Length: 104mins

We included this film as a bit of light relief. It’s an easy watch, a coming of age story following three teenage girls who all work in a pizza parlour in the town of Mystic. Starring a young Julia Roberts alongside Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor, we watch the three girls as they fall in love and face their own personal struggles.

4) Coach Carter, 2005
Rating: 12 Length: 136mins

This is just a great film. The story is of a high school basketball team and their new coach who imposes strict rules on the team. While we are in lockdown why not watch a coach lockdown his gym to help young people consider the importance of things other than their sport…

5) The King, 2019
Rating: 15 Length: 140mins

Another Netflix original that slipped by relatively unnoticed upon it’s release in 2019. A historical drama starring Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton see’s a young uninterested prince have to step into the shoes of his father, handle messy politics and a war his father left behind. Solid performances and an interesting story makes for an entertaining watch.

6) Captain Fantastic, 2016
Rating: 15 Length: 119mins

For many of us who may be missing the outside a lot at the minute, ‘Captain Fantastic’ may be the best film for escaping into the wilderness for two hours. Following the family of a father who decides against everyday life and the consumerist values upheld by most, our lead character, Ben, begins a life with his wife in a seemingly utopian vision of natural living out in the wilds of America. However, after a life-changing event occurs for the family, they must once again venture back into normal life. Filled with humour and touching moments, ‘Captain Fantastic’ is a great watch for anyone who wants to escape for an evening.

7) Spirited Away, 2001
Rating: PG Length: 125mins

The perfect film for families, Spirited Away guides the viewer through the bizarre mind of director Hayao Miyazaki, as a young girl finds herself trapped in a world of magical and strange creatures as she must search for a reverse of a mysterious transformation that her parents have undergone. Generally considered to be the greatest animated film ever made, there isn’t a dull moment in this pinnacle of Japanese cinema.

8) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015
Rating: 12 Length: 105mins

The story of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ follows high schooler Greg, a slightly strange character who likes to hang out with his deadpan friend Earl, who he makes bizarre and homemade parodies of classic films with. The rest of the time he avoids as much social interaction as possible whilst also trying to remain a fleeting part of every clique in his school. However, his mother forcing him to befriend a classmate with Leukaemia could change all of this. This indie release is both heart-warming and heart-breaking, and definitely worth a watch.

9) Blue Velvet, 1986
Rating: 18 Length: 120mins

If you’re growing tired of the same everyday routine during this quarantine, then David Lynch may be the perfect man to disrupt any sort of convention in your life. After a young man discovers a human ear in a field, he begins investigating a mysterious nightclub singer and the group of criminals who’ve kidnapped her child. A take on the dreamlike American ‘white-picket-fence’ suburbia of the 1950’s, ‘Blue Velvet’ serves as a satirical critique of such a lifestyle.

10) Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, 1993
Rating: U Length: 30mins

Although technically a short film, we’ll allow this one because you can’t help but love the world that Nick Park creates in his Oscar-winning animated short, ‘The Wrong Trousers.’ Gromit finds that he’s being pushed from his own home after Wallace brings in a new lodger to cover the cost of the rent. However, the lodger isn’t who they claim to be, and as events spiral out of control, Wallace finds that he really needs Gromit more than he may have thought.

Lady Bird – Review

Rating: 15
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet and Beanie Feldstein.
Directed by Greta Gerwig.
Written by Greta Gerwig.
Length: 94mins.

Lady Bird is the striking directorial debut by Greta Gerwig that is assured, singular and affecting. It tells a beautifully plain coming of age story following a teenage girl called Christine (who calls herself ‘Lady Bird’) as we explore the complexities of her relationships and trials of growing up. Though I describe the story as plain, it is certainly not boring and with the absolute powerhouse of Saoirse Ronan at the helm, supported by the outstanding talent of Laurie Metcalf, there is so much for the audience to be invested in.

The opening of the movie shows a very normal conversation between a mother and daughter in the car on the way home from a college trip – both moved by a series of cassette tapes that had just come to an end and quickly escalates into a spontaneous teenage tantrum propelled by a mother who is quick to take a pop at her daughter. Straight away the scene is set – we are introduced to one of the main themes considered throughout the film, the ever changing, volatile, ups and downs of the relationship between a seemingly ‘normal’ mother and daughter. A daughter with big dreams, lacking in patience and somewhat unaware of others while wrapped up in her own plans and a mother who wants the best for her daughter but knows her temperament and is frustrated by her ignorance and lack of understanding surrounding ‘grown up problems’. The scene ends with the unexpected but hilarious moment of Lady Bird opening the car door and throwing herself out of it while still driving along, followed by the horrified screams of her mother.

The script is just brilliant, it’s so authentic and conversational whilst flipping to either hilarious moments of quick comedy or deeply saddening moments. It keeps each scene moving along nicely while showing the audience more of each character with each sentence. One of the reasons I rate this film so highly is it’s impact on me; each time I watch it I seem to focus on a different theme that is subtly woven into the plot. Thanks to Ronan’s brilliant charm, the audience very quickly empathises with her character and is invested in each challenge that she faces on a day to day basis.

In what was the first in an undoubtably long run of films directed by Greta Gerwig, we get a glimpse at the type of stories she wants to tell. We see strong but imperfect female leads, a consideration of social and economical division and a focus on human relationships; all important issues with hundreds of stories to tell. This film is an easy watch, it’s not long but it has so much to say. Completely original, refreshingly honest.

“What I really want is to be on math olympiad”
“But math isn’t something you’re terribly strong in”
“That we know of, yet”

Active Spectators isolation picks from Sky Movies and Amazon Prime!

As many of us find ourselves at home during these unusual times, it may well be that you find yourself with a bit more time to kill. We’ve pulled together a list of our top 5 films to watch from Sky Movies and Amazon Prime all off which are available to watch in the UK right now. First up are our top picks from Sky Movies

1) Christopher Robin, 2018
Rating: PG Length: 104mins

In this delightful family movie we find Christopher Robin, now a fully grown man and working in London, struggling with the pressures of adulthood. He encounters his childhood friend, Winnie the Pooh, who helps him rediscover his joy.

2) Jaws, 1975
Rating: PG Length: 124mins

In this 1975 classic we see the beaches of Amity Island stalked by a great white shark. As the shark starts to pick off it’s prey, Sheriff Brody fights to shut down the beaches and with the assistance of a marine biologist and a local fisherman sets about hunting the killer shark.

3) Mamma Mia: Here we go again, 2018
Rating: 12A Length: 114mins

The all singing, all dancing prequel/sequel to Mamma Mia (2008). The film flashes between the events 5 years after the original movie setting where Sophie is preparing to open the hotel that her mother dreamed of and the story, years before, of Donna falling in love with the island and meeting Sam, Harry and Bill.

4) Shooter, 2007
Rating: 15 Length: 124mins

One of the worlds greatest marksman, Bob Lee Swagger is living in exile until he is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. After being double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the really killer and the truth.

5) Walk the line, 2005
Rating: 12A Length: 135mins

The chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash. From his childhood, efforts to get noticed for his music right through to finding fame and all of the challenges that go along with it. We see various relationships, substance abuse and heartache, all events that fed into the music that still lives on today.

If you don’t have access to Sky Movies but do have Amazon Prime, why not check these 5 movies out:

1) Fantastic Mr Fox, 2010
Rating: PG Length: 87mins

In a time of quarantine why not bunker down with the charismatic animals born from the great mind of Roald Dahl? I’m sure many of you already know the story, but Wes Anderson’s take on the classic children’s novel follows the enigmatic Mr Fox as he attempts to daringly provide for his family, despite the oppression from the three rival farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Not only is this fairly short, family friendly and just a bit of fun, the film is Anderson doing what he does best, and draws you in to the world of these unusual characters.

2) The King of Comedy, 1982
Rating: PG Length: 108mins

With a story that follows aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert de Niro) in his attempts to reach the spotlight, going as far as stalking a chat show host, many couldn’t help but draw parallels to ‘The King of Comedy’ when Todd Phillip’s ‘Joker’ came out last year. But in Scorsese’s brilliant film, there’s a lesser focus on the over-stylised elements, and a greater appreciation for the psychological sides between a desire for fame that floods through the film’s lead.

3) 8 1/2, 1963
Rating: NR Length: 138mins

For some, the world of foreign language cinema can be both intriguing and intimidating, with uncertainty on where to start, despite a wish to explore what the rest of the world has to offer. The recent success of films such as Parasite and Roma has shed a greater light on this side of cinema, and with a quarantine meaning that spending an evening on a film you’re uncertain about being less significant than usual, there’s no better time to delve into foreign films. With that in mind, Federico Fellini’s Italian film ‘8 ½’ is a great place to start. The film explores the life of a film director at the peak of his career, who suddenly realises that he is at a loss for ideas, and reflects back on his childhood and past relationships.

4) Inside Llewelyn Davis, 2013
Rating: 15 Length: 102mins

Perhaps best summarised as being quietly beautiful, the Coen Brother’s take on the developing New York folk scene of the 60’s is explored through the slightly arrogant and slightly pitiful lens of hopeful singer-songwriter Llewelyn Davis, who is played brilliantly by Oscar Isaac. As he tries to find any route into the industry, Davis’s relationships with those around him draws the viewer into the film and the overall aesthetic created by the Coen’s can’t help but hold your attention.

5) Hunt For the Wilderpeople, 2016
Rating: 12A Length: 97mins

Taika Waititi is undeniably one of the most popular contemporary working directors, with recent films including ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ The laugh-out-loud style of charming humour found within those releases can be traced back to his earlier work in his native country of New Zealand, such as ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople.’ Filled with heartwarming moments and dialogue, this film follows the story of Rickie Baker, a defiant city kid who is orphaned and must become accustomed to life with his auntie and her husband in the wilds of New Zealand’s forest land. There’s a charm to this film that you just can’t help but fall in love with.

Bonus: If you really love ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ then I can’t recommend enough Waititi’s earlier film ‘Boy,’ which falls into a similar vein as his 2016 release, but has perhaps even more charm and heart, as well as the same amount of hilarious comedy.

We’re so lucky to have access to so many great movies while cinemas are closed and we are required to stay inside. Stay tuned in the following days for our top picks from Netflix and of course, our weekly reviews published every Friday.

Edward Scissorhands – Review

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Rating: 12
Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianna Wiest, Alan Arkin and Vincent Price
Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson
Length: 105mins

There may be no better treatment for distracting yourself from the uncertainty of the outside world than huddling round one evening and losing yourself in the ludicrous world of Tim Burton’s 1990 release, ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ For Edward – the shy invention of a scientist who wondered what would be the result of creating a human with scissors for hands – it isn’t his Gothic castle or any of the dark clouds which swarm it that scare him, it’s the swarm of white-picket-fence Americans that unfold around the foothills of his home.

In the title role of ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ Johnny Depp becomes completely unrecognisable from his usual quick-witted and charming roles. Hidden by a shock of black hair, the protagonist can’t help but stand out in the pastel-themed suburb that he is brought into by the overly-affectionate saleswoman, Peg (Dianne Wiest). Tim Burton clearly ensured that his set and costume designers put great emphasis on the contrasts between the two worlds that, until previously, appeared to co-exist without much notice of one another. The blind ignorance towards the Gothic mountain-topping castle that lies in the middle of a classic 50’s American suburb only adds to the satirical nature of this film, with much of the humour deriving from this strange combination.

Although much of the humour comes from the explicitly-different set design, the way Burton includes small touches to every scene not only develops the humour, but also involves deeper themes on what it is to live in such a community. Whether it be the lights of the husbands cars coming back from work signalling time for the housewives to run home after spying on Edward, or Allan Arkin’s hilariously deadpan delivery as the father of the family that takes Edward in, speaking about moral values and decency in a way that re-iterates just how oblivious he is to what is really going on around him.

In ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ it feels like we know exactly what each character is like, and can relate them to someone in our own lives who would say the same things and act in the same way as they do. We understand how they might act in each situation, and why they do, and as a result, we feel truly invested in how the narrative plays out. As the tension builds in the final act, the audience is completely invested in what will happen to each character because of how we feel as if we know them personally, which elevates the film to something with an emotional impact, rather than just a wacky comedy.

Tim Burton’s classic film is a great light-hearted and family friendly watch that is perfect for sticking on if all the family are at home together. ‘Edward Scissorhands’ serves as a brilliant couple hours of entertainment – exactly what you might need these days.