Critical Analysis Of Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissorhands, directed by Tim Burton in 1990, features Burton’s distinctive style, themes and story elements. Moreover, it is influenced stylistically by the German Expressionism; distortion of objects and bodies, such as the trimmed hedges, Gothic elements, for instance Edward’s castle or his clothes, and the music played throughout the film, curves and crooked lines in the pathway of the neighbourhood, and the Chiaroscuro lighting (low-key lightning) in most of the scenes. Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), a local Avon door-to-door saleswoman tries to sell her products around her neighbourhood, until she arrives to the old, abandoned Gothic mansion in the outskirts of Spring Hopes. There, she discovers Edward (Johnny Depp), a bizarre creation resulting from an unfinished experiment by a mad scientist, who died just…show more content…
One of the most relevant arguments for claiming that the film is good enough to recommend it is that the film has authorship personality; that is, throughout the movie audience may realise that there are lots of Burton’s characteristic features: such as the visual style, contrasting the pastel colours (blue, green, orange, and pink) in the houses of Spring Hopes, with the Gothic ones (mainly black) in Edward’s clothes and castle. It seems Edward is brought to the neighbourhood to show that there is another valid lifestyle; the otherness has to be accepted even though it seems to be too bizarre at first. Furthermore, the exploration of the otherness and the characters, such as Edward, who exist outside the boundaries of normality is a topic that is highly relevant, because it may show the audience that no matter how different a thing is, all that it is important is that is good enough for you. Edward Scissorhands, summing up, is a good film because it has an interior meaning, that is, it makes the audience think outside the box, and extract a useful moral from the
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