Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissorhands

Tim Burton’s 1990 Edward Scissorhands creates a whole new world for viewers to enjoy: the classic, perfect world of suburbia with each family living the American dream versus the unknown world of an uncommonly gentle man who is nearly human. The film Edward Scissorhands shows that Edward’s gothic castle and the perfect town of suburbia are meant to be two separate worlds though Edward desires to live in a perfect world, and the people of suburbia desire a change of pace from everyday life. The film also shows how the characters’ costumes and styles are related to their personalities, and how teenagers have hardly changed since the 1990s. In Edward Scissorhands, the director chose to make the differences between quaint, little suburbia and Edward’s big, gothic castle very apparent. When the movie first begins, the castle is made to give you a feeling of eeriness, or uneasiness, about who or what lives there. When Avon-lady, Peg, comes to knock on the door of the castle, the viewer first finds some beautiful, yet unusual, bush trimmings. One trimmed bush the camera focuses on for a moment is a giant life-like hand that is in the very middle of the garden. But as Peg continues to let her self into the castle, the viewer sees an old grand stairwell that is covered in dust. The windows are so dirty with dust and grime, they let in no light making the once, seemingly beautiful entrance, dark and eerie. The roof of the castle has a giant hole in it, there is a fireplace with some hay around it and several magazine clippings taped to the wall above it. The people of suburbia have stayed away from this castle for years and Peg now understands why. Edward’s gothic castle is completely backwards from the rest of suburbia. Suburbia is a lively, colorful town where the same thing happens every day. This town is painted with bright colors. Each house is shaped exactly the same with the only differences between each one is the...
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