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Edward Scissor Hands Review

Edward Scissor Hands Review

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Edward Scissor Hands (1990) Review, Set design on film
(Fig.1.) Edward Scissor Hands Poster
The 1990 Tim Burton production,
Edward Scissor hands
derives much of its success by juxtaposingthe scenery of the set; an American suburbia coupled with the alienated haunted house of Edward,to produce the underlying themes of the film. The evocative messages of Burton wish to confrontthe possibility of an alienated figure integrating back into society. The alienated figure of Edward isreinforced by the striking contrast between the pastel colours of American suburban houses and thedark colours of the gothic abandoned castle from which Edward inhabits
. O’Connell
also notes thestriking difference between the two sets.
“Johnny Depp has collaborated
so many times now withBurton that they may be both running out of fingers, but nothing can go past his portrayal of theultimate outsider in poor Edward, the unfinished project of his Inventor (Vincent Price), livingalone in his gothic castle on the hill before an avon lady, Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) discovers himand unleashes him upon the unsuspecting town below - with its perfect rows of pastel-coloured,identical houses -
and ‘adopts’ him for her own family.” (O’Connell, 2008)
Definitive colour choicesin the set represent the themes of alienation inside the film with simplicity. The pastel colours of suburbia denote
uniform structures of the families’ inhabitants, which emphasises Edward’
s role asthe outsider of the community when he descends the hill as a lone man with no recollection of family or no emotional responses to the death of his creator. Edward is presented as an outsiderthrough non-conformity of the uniform structure and colour schemes of life in suburbia. The castlesdark colours mark the neglect and loneliness Edwards life has possessed, it could be argued that thedeterioration of the building (the dilapidated roof) could also reflect the emotional deterioration hehas fallen victim too. As Ewing similarly notes the main aspects that defy the alienated figure aredriven by conformity within society
“However, Edward isn’t rejected by the community but instead
embraced because of the unique abilities he possesses as an individual gifted with a unique toolset. Therefore, the film is more about how people who are different fit into a world where the
norm is this unspoken rule of conformity.” (Ewing
, 2010).
Although Edward is an object of 

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