Today’s soundtrack selection goes to:
‘Ice Dance’ – Danny Elfman
Film: Edward Scissorhands
Sometimes you have to go two for two with a composer and since we’re in the Christmas season, returning to Danny Elfman’s score is a no-brainer.
It’s easy to overlook the powerful beauty that Edward Scissorhands possess. When it comes to Christmas films, the usual suspects appear – Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and even Die Hard. But with a clever Frankenstein ideology, a wintry fantasy and the surrealism of a misunderstood soul, Edward Scissorhands deserves to be ranked as one of the best.
Given Edward’s nature (having scissors for hands), Tim Burton’s classic highlights the search for happiness and acceptance in a very complicated world. It is in that beauty that Danny Elfman constructs one of the most iconic pieces of music ever committed to film.
‘The Ice Dance’ is like a fairy tale classic, both haunting yet heart-warming. Given the context of the song itself, it’s Edward the outsider (Johnny Depp) using his highly creative art as an outlet to express his frustrations and inner turmoil and Kim (Winona Ryder) seeing through the hypocritical gaze of her community. It’s a short scene (and song) but it only goes to highlight how Kim finds a freedom, momentarily breaking free from the structural norms to become completely mesmerised and immersed by Edward’s talent. He made it snow.
Elfman’s music captures the duelling sadness and magical wonder from both characters and honestly, it’s one of a kind.
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