IntroductionThe 100 Foot Journey is an American comedy- drama , releasedin 2014, directed by Lasse Hallstrom based on a screenplay written by StevenKnight, adapted from Richard Morais’ 2010 novel of the same name. It wasproduced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The score orsoundtrack from the movie was composed by A.R Rahman.
It was produced by DreamWorks Studios and MORE. This movie tells the story of a young Indian boy(Manish Dayal), who goes through a sequence of twists and turns. Thus, discoverieshimself training to be a French chef. There are ups and downs along the way,often thanks to prejudice. On the other hand, Edward Scissorhands is an Americanromantic dark fantasy film, released in 1990, directed by Tim Burton. The filmwas produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written by Caroline Thompsonbased on a story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson.
It was produced by 20thCentury Fox. The music for the film was composed by Danny Elfman. Thefilm is about a gentle man (Johnny Depp) , an animated human being created byan eccentric scientist, who appears freakish as he has scissors for hands. Thestory depicts around his life after he is brought to live in a suburbancommunity after living in isolation. Synopsis In The 100 FootJourney, the story in this movie begins with the emergence of Hassan Haji,describing his life journey, Richard Morais’s famous novel entitled TheHundred-Foot Journey. Living full of color, taste and aroma from the kitchen,The Hundred-Foot Journey film shows about family harmony, nationality ornationality, and a mystery of good taste.
Born at his grandfather’s simple restaurant in Mumbai,Hassan first encountered life through a spicy curry whiff, as well as the storyof his journey to the local market with his mother. But when the tragedy struckthe Indian family, they cheered themselves on a culinary journey around theworld until finally settling in Lumière a small French Alps.They open a cheapIndian restaurant across the street from a famous French restaurant (that ofthe famous chef Madame Mallory) with spices from India that have changed livesin eccentric and annoying villages, celebrated with its neighbors. After MadameMallory held a culinary war with the immigrant family, she then realizes hisabilities and is awed by his culinary talent, and takes him under her wing.Thus, begins his culinary adventure and journey towards carving a path of hisown.
The Hundred-FootJourney is a great story to learn about how a hundred-foot distance adventurebetween a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French kitchen can represent thegap between different cultures and desires. A proof of the notion of fate, thestory of this movie is watched by all ages, interesting stories, charming andcompulsive to see. Edwards Scissorhands,on the other hand, starts as the story is told on a cold night, where the snow fallsto fill all corners of the house.
There is a grandmother sitting down toaccompany her grandchild in a warm room. The grandchild who had not slept askedthe grandmother from where the snow came down. Looking at the window, thegrandmother began to open his mouth and from where the story began.
One day a sales girl named Peg (Dianne Wiest) started theday by offering her beauty products. Unfortunately, as none of her neighborswant to buy her beauty products, she spots a castle on a hill and decides to gothere in hope that someone there would buy her products. There she meetsEdwards who has been living alone and seems to be very lonely thus offers him,her home to stay.
Later Edward was left to live together and fill his days withthe Peg family of both Peg and her husband and her children Kim (Winona Ryder)and Kevin (Robert Oliveri). Many funny happenings occur after Edward comes totown. Edward is embraced for his uniqueness and is treated special by everyonedue to his unique abilities. However, the story takes a twist when Edward’suniqueness is seen as a threat and harm to the community due to severalmisunderstandings that occur. They then sought to hunt him down and get rid ofhim.
This film teaches the honesty of a person’s heart andbeliefs that are often tested. Not to judge people by appearance only. Toappreciate and accept someone though the person may seem different. Be patientwith the blasphemy and disturbance of people.
To be able to trust others andmost importantly to be honest in knowing a truth as there is no point inregretting later on. From both these movies, the similarity is that both Hassanand Edward had to leave their comfort zone and venture in a whole new communityand atmosphere , where they had to strive to be themselves and discover theircapabilities while being different. Besides that, both of them faced beingrejected as they were different yet their struggle in staying true tothemselves. Also show the struggle of being different in a community that isdoesn’t seem to embrace the differences of others and how the people aroundtreat those who do not seem to fit in into the society of conformity .GenreThe 100 Foot Journey is and American comedy-drama thatdepicts the culinary rivalry between two restaurants.
Literally 100 feet awayfrom each other. One of an Indian themed restaurant and another of a famousFrench restaurant thus a clash of culture takes place. The film tells the storyof Hassan, who owns a culinary gift, the ups and down he faces in his journeyof self-discovery while a culinary war takes place in the midst.Edward Scissorhands on the other hand, is an Americanromantic dark fantasy film that depicts the life of Edward, who has scissorsfor hands, as he is welcomed in a new community after having lived in isolation.Where, he falls in love with a young girl and his life takes a toll as peoplestart to turn against him and reject his presence.Theme In The 100 Foot Journey, the most prominent theme of thefilm is obviously, cooking.
Food is shown as the heart and soul of the film, itis the one thing that drags Hassan back and forth across cultural lines. Hassan’sfamily uses food to bring their Indian culture to the small French town ofLumeire. It is also a major component in Hassan’s journey of self-discovery inhow to strike a balance between the food he has grown up with and the food thatis celebrated by the French culinary world. In Edwards Scissorhands, the most prominent theme of themovie is the outsider. The movie showcases how people who are different areoften rejected by society. The film shows how Edward who has scissors for handsis welcomed with fascination and excepted as extraordinary by the society.
However,when things take a toll and turn against him, Edward isn’t given a chance todefend himself as any other ordinary person of that society. He is withouthesitation labelled a freak and is rejected by the people who because he wasdifferent and was seen as an outsider who did not fit into their society ofconformity. However. Both these films have one prominent theme incommon, which is self-discovery.
In The 100 foot journey, Hassan embarks on ajourney of self-discovery of his culinary gift across the world. Combining foodfrom different cultures creating a culinary revolution. In Edward Scissorhands,Edward ventures into in a new lifestyle of a suburban society of conformity,where he discoveries he has unique abilities and has the ability to experiencefeelings that were previously hidden due to a life of isolation.ObjectiveIn my opinion, the objective that I believe both the filmsshowcase is that, how being different and being in a new place and communityoften is challenge for those who are different. The challenges faced by them inbeing accepted while often they themselves are still on a journey of self-discovery.
It teaches audiences how we should embrace others who are different and treatthem equal as we would an ordinary person. How we should acknowledge they haveequal rights and opportunity to preserve. Also how their differences are uniqueand should be embraced rather than rejected.
Cast And CrewThe 100 Foot Journey was directed by Lasse Hallstrom basedon a screenplay written by Steven Knight, adapted from Richard Morais 2010novel of the same name. It was produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey andJuliet Blake. Starring, Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory), Manish Dayal (HassanKadam), Om Puri (Papa), Charoltte Le Bon (Marguerite).
The score or soundtrackfrom the movie was composed by A.R Rahman. On the other hand, Edward Scissorhands was directed by TimBurton. The film was produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written byCaroline Thompson based on a story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson. StarringJohnny Depp (Edward), Winona Ryder (Kim) and Dianne Wiest (Peg). It wasproduced by 20th Century Fox.
The music for the film was composed by DannyElfman. First 3 Minutes In The 100 Foot Journey, the movie starts off with a sceneoverlooking a countryside with indian music playing in the background,immediately gives u the vibe that the scene take place in india, then shows amarket place filled with vibrant colors and loud noises of people voices andvehicles, giving you the vibe of a busy market place, when the scene of a mancarrying a basket of sea urchins quickly catches you attention as the animalhas an unique look. Immediately after that , there’s lady in a blue saree whodraws your attention as she is running after the sea urchins through the midstof people while holding a young boys arm.
It continues as the scene leads toher bargaining in the midst of other women for the sea urchin, the scene thencloses up as the young boy takes one and smells it and then tastes it. In thebackground u hear a man talking , answering questions of his identity as the shot focuses on the boy. Then themerchant, quiets everyone down and says ‘ to the boy who knows’. This immediatelygive you a sense that the boy is the main character of the film and it hassomething to do with his abilities and food. The scene then shift to a man,Hassan the voice in the background talking to an immigration officer convincinghim to let him into Europe. Hassan Hajiintroduces himself, the star of his own show, and tells us that he was bornabove a restaurant in Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay.
That he is a cookand goes on telling his life’s story. The First thing we hear about him relatesto food. In Edwards Scissorhands, the first 3 minutes of the moviestarts of with a dark toned background with gloomy music showing machinescreating a horror and mysterious element for viewers. And focuses on close upshots of a pair of hands and a man with his eyes closed as it snows.
Then continuesto show a castle on a hill as it snows. Immediately creating the vibe that thefilm has something to do with the castle. And the shot widens up , showing thecastle to appear further away on the hill and an old lady looking out thewindow towards it.
She then goes on to tuck her granddaughter in bed, who thenasks her where snow comes from. The old lady decides to tell her , and saysthat it has to start with scissors and goes on to tell that it there was evenonce a man who has scissors for hands, instantly making the audience think of thefilm title, assuming his name to be Edward. Cinematography1. Camera TechniquesIn The 100 Foot Journey, the director uses inventive andoften claustrophobic camera angles to communicate the central concepts ofisolation and self-discovery, as well as enhancing the underlying themes ofsocietal uniformity and prejudice, to the audience. Burton’s demonization ofsuburbia is made immediately apparent through the opening point-of-view shotwhich pans from the grandmother’s house and sweeps over the ‘cookie cutter’suburbs, ending with a new point-of-view from the mansion looking down at thetown. Juxtaposition of the pastel colours of suburbia and Edward’s dark andgothic mansion serves to accentuate the sterility of American society and theirinability to accept difference and non-conformity. high-angle panoramic shotsof the uniform town and frequent long-shots of the dark mansion.
low-anglemid-shot employed by Burton suggests parallelism and equality between Edwardand Peg. the intimacy of the space they share, enhanced by close-uafdasfp shots. Finallong-shot of Edward alone in the colourful gardens of his castle, surrounded bynature and creativity, emphasizes Burton’s vital message that society seeks tonormalise difference in order to make it insignificant.