Calling all topiary and Avon aficionados: Tim Burton’s classic “Edward Scissorhands” (1990, PG-13) will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
In this timeless story, earnest Avon lady Peg Bogg (Dianne Wiest), unable to sell to her friends, decides to try her luck at the scary castle at the end of the street. In it, she finds Edward (Johnny Depp), an artificial man created by a brilliant inventor (Vincent Price) who died before completing Edward’s hands. Therefore, his temporary appendages — several pairs of giant, old-fashioned scissors — remain.
Peg brings poor Edward home with her, and he promptly transforms her boring, pastel neighborhood into a fantastical land of well-pruned dinosaurs and courageously-groomed dogs. The women, all bored housewives straight out of stereotypes of the 1950s, adore him. The men, who exit and re-enter their driveways simultaneously each day, accept him as one of the boys, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Everything is wonderful until Edward proves himself slightly more human than they allow. I’ve seen this award-winning movie several times since its release, and love it for its unapologetic absurdities, visual playfulness, awkward gothicness, and sociological judgment. It’s supposed to be a love story, but it’s also a story about how cruel nice people can become when we’re afraid.
“Edward Scissorhands” is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series, which brings movies to the library’s upstairs meeting-room theater on the first Thursday of nearly every month. All screenings are free, thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
Coming up in the series are “A River Runs Through It” June 2, “The Way, Way Back” July 7, “A Most Wanted Man” Aug. 4, “Bad Day At Black Rock” Sept. 1, “Election” Oct. 6, “Born Yesterday” Nov. 3 and “Paper Moon” Dec. 1.
For more information, call the library at 505.662.8240 or check online at http://www.losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/default.aspx under “Events and Classes.”