I have always loved Tim Burton's style, and I'd never had a chance to watch this film until now. This is one of his best, by far. I knew I'd love it. Poor, poor Edward. It has the tragic love element of Phantom of the Opera (think "Christine, I looooove youuuu...."), with the horror of Frankenstein, in garishly pastel 1950's suburbia. AMAZING.
Gah, I loved the naive, sweet, well intentioned Peg, the removed-but-friendly dad... gosh, they really tried to do their best, but gossip and prejudice is such poison, especially for someone as different as Edward. GAH, he was so soft, so precious. I wanted to protect him at all costs, but I had no illusions that this ending would be happy.
I felt that Edward's love for Kim was underdevloped. but I guess it was sufficient for the type of movie this was. It wasn't a grand romance like the Notebook or something, but more like a tragic love story with a focus on the fickliness of human nature. For more than half the movie, Kim was nothing but wishy washy, swayed by her douchebag boyfriend, kind of rude to Edward... a typical teenager. I guess that's fair. The only reason Edward could have fallen in love with her is the fact that he'd never seen a beautiful young woman in his life. I wish Kim could have been stronger, and saved Edward from the fate her own fickliness basically caused.
Overall, visually stunning, funny, dark, tragic, and quite a bittersweet ending. Some mature, suggestive bits but nothing explicit. Probably 13 and up.