Edward Scissorhands Analysis

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What if you lived in a world where there was a man with scissors for hands, a disappearing cat, and a chocolate factory as big as a country. This would be a world created from the mind of Tim Burton. Tim Burton uses camera framing, lighting, and music to make viewers sympathize with his weird or strange looking characters. Burton lets his viewers sympathize with strange characters in many ways, but one of them is through camera framing. In the film, “Edward Scissorhands”, there is a scene where Edward is recalling the inventor’s death. This scene showed a close up shot of Edward with a grim look on his face while he is recalling his horrible memory. By showing a close up shot of Edward’s face, it results in showing that Edward was sad about…show more content…
For instance, in the film, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, when the scene was at Charlie’s house in the beginning of the movie there is the use of non-diegetic depressing music. By doing this, it makes viewers feel sympathy towards Charlie and his family because it emphasizes how Charlie’s family is barely passing by, everyone is in one crowded house and the dad doesn’t have a job anymore. This makes viewers feel bad for Charlie because his family, honestly looks like a good family and they have to live in these horrible living conditions but he’s a good innocent kid that deserve better than that. Another example of Burton’s use of music to make viewers understand his weird characters through music is in the film, “Alice in Wonderland”, when the Mad hatter is recalling his memory of the Jabberwocky. The non-diegetic music in the background is sad and eerie sounding with the screams of the people trying to escape the Jabberwocky. By using this sad non-diegetic music, it gives viewers the impression that Jabberwocky is a monstrous beast and is under the Queen of Hearts control. This also shows that is is a depressing and sad memory for Hatter and that these strange characters look so depressing and without force is because they see that their home and all the people of Wonderland are being destroyed and put under the influence of the Queen of Hearts. The last example is in the film, “Edward Scissorhands”, when Edward reveals himself to Peg, the non-diegetic music in the background is dark, but at the same time giving the sense of curiosity and dramatic sense to the scene. The music emphasizes his scary looking features of the uncombed hair and the fact that he has scissors for hands, but at the same time as he is slowly leaving the shadows, it leaves a certain curiosity of wanting to see what Edward actually looks like when he is slowly revealing himself.
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