Cinema: Shear Heaven


Directed by Tim Burton

Screenplay by Caroline Thompson

Once upon a time, an aged inventor (Vincent Price) lived in a mansion at the edge of Any Town, U.S.A. His crowning creation was a young humanoid named Edward (Johnny Depp). Alas, the old genius died before he could give Edward human hands. So for many years this benign creature lived alone. Until one day an Avon lady (Dianne Wiest) came calling, and then . . .

Aaaooh, who cares?

The fable is in disrepute these days. Any fantasy that trumpets its artifice with storybook colors and extravagant decor -- all...

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