Analysis of Edward Scissorhands (Narration/ Narrative structure (This…
Analysis of Edward Scissorhands
Burton’s work was influenced from the eccentric forms of art including paintings, books and other films. To keep this idea flowing in our film, I will use special filters to make the film have a black and white or beige coloured tinge to imitate the colours of a canvas or the pages of an old story telling book.
Perhaps the most evident example is German Expressionism, a movement that arose in the 1920s where a number of films were produced with oblique camera angles, exaggerated makeup, and distorted settings, and in addition are usually within the science-fiction or horror genres.
The surbirbia neighbourhood looks plain and very reprtitive and clean and colourful
The castle is falsyly accused as being quite scary as it is very dark and gloomy in comparison from the rest of the town. It also looks very different from the rest of the town, this creates a juxtapositioning. The front yard of Edward's house is creative, allowing the audience to know that those who are different are cast aside.
Short shots within scenes and changes of angles build suspect for the audience.
Edwards appearance in darkness connects to suspense because h doesn't look like everyone else and his hair is also messy, he's dressed in all black, he acts differently from everyone else and his hands are scissors.
Narration/ Narrative structure
This gives a god like perspective for the film. Within this movie, the idea is explored as Peg's daughter Kim retells her story to the audience. Telling stories adds a child like perspective.
This story telling like narration allows for a very calm and relaxing tone of talking.
Observer-narrator: this type of narrator tells the events of the story in either first or third person, but does not feature as one of the major characters in the course of events. Another term for this narrator is 'the witness'. The narrator is similar to the omniscent narrator in this respect, but only has the limited knowledge and perspective of an individual.
Edward Scissorhands marks Barton’s return to fairy tale as the narrative structure for his films, but this time applied and manipulated in a sophisticated way, blended with humor and pathos, the lessons of his early TV work clearly well learned. Looking over his film output from the beginning to Big Fish, it is clear that the fairy-tale narrative structure suits him even better than that of animation; he would not use animation narrative structure again in live-action films except for Mars Attacks!
Loosely adopted from Frankenstein
Initially, the neighbours are intrigued and friendly and amazed by Edwaed's talents but as they get to know him and he falls in love with Kim, lust and jealousy (parts of the human condition) blossom darkly for Edward.
Elements od humour and comedy make these dark stories more approachable to a larger audience.
The acting within this film is very hyper realistic to allow the audience to understand the characters emotions and situations.
The story is told gently, subtly and with infinite sympathy for the outside who charms to locals but then inadvertently arouses their baser instincts, abusing his abilities. This idea will be present in our story.
Jonny Depp and Winona Ryder are once again present within this Tim Burton film. The ability for Tim Burton to reuse the same actors to portray the same characterisation and flow in all his movies. It also creates the ideas that we are all the same underneath.
"keeps his ideas flowing"
Making a movie means making oneself vulnerable to catastrophe and ridicule, and a returning actor represents certainty and continuity amid a mass of unknowns. There’s relative safety and, at times, artistic synergy in the pairing of particular people who have a rapport, push each other, and know how to work when they’re sharing a set.
Creates the idea that the worlds he create spread upon multiple universes and as a result the success means it even spreads into ours.
Jonny Depp filmed a total of 7 movies with Tim Burton
Contrasted with Light for the ourside world with white picket fences
Contrasted by colour for the outside world around the castle of Edward Scissorhands
Beginning of a beautiful friendship