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The 100 Foot Journey is an American comedy- drama , released
in 2014, directed by Lasse Hallstrom based on a screenplay written by Steven
Knight, adapted from Richard Morais’ 2010 novel of the same name. It was
produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The score or
soundtrack from the movie was composed by A.R Rahman. It was produced by Dream
Works 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, discoveries
himself 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 American
romantic dark fantasy film, released in 1990, directed by Tim Burton. The film
was produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written by Caroline Thompson
based on a story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson. It was produced by 20th
Century Fox. The music for the film was composed by Danny Elfman. The
film is about a gentle man (Johnny Depp) , an animated human being created by
an eccentric scientist, who appears freakish as he has scissors for hands. The
story depicts around his life after he is brought to live in a suburban
community after living in isolation.

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In The 100 Foot
Journey, the story in this movie begins with the emergence of Hassan Haji,
describing his life journey, Richard Morais’s famous novel entitled The
Hundred-Foot Journey. Living full of color, taste and aroma from the kitchen,
The Hundred-Foot Journey film shows about family harmony, nationality or
nationality, 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 story
of his journey to the local market with his mother. But when the tragedy struck
the Indian family, they cheered themselves on a culinary journey around the
world until finally settling in Lumière a small French Alps.They open a cheap
Indian restaurant across the street from a famous French restaurant (that of
the famous chef Madame Mallory) with spices from India that have changed lives
in eccentric and annoying villages, celebrated with its neighbors. After Madame
Mallory held a culinary war with the immigrant family, she then realizes his
abilities 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 his

 The Hundred-Foot
Journey is a great story to learn about how a hundred-foot distance adventure
between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French kitchen can represent the
gap between different cultures and desires. A proof of the notion of fate, the
story of this movie is watched by all ages, interesting stories, charming and
compulsive to see.


Edwards Scissorhands,
on the other hand, starts as the story is told on a cold night, where the snow falls
to fill all corners of the house. There is a grandmother sitting down to
accompany her grandchild in a warm room. The grandchild who had not slept asked
the grandmother from where the snow came down. Looking at the window, the
grandmother began to open his mouth and from where the story began.


One day a sales girl named Peg (Dianne Wiest) started the
day by offering her beauty products. Unfortunately, as none of her neighbors
want to buy her beauty products, she spots a castle on a hill and decides to go
there in hope that someone there would buy her products. There she meets
Edwards 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 with
the 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 to
town. Edward is embraced for his uniqueness and is treated special by everyone
due to his unique abilities. However, the story takes a twist when Edward’s
uniqueness is seen as a threat and harm to the community due to several
misunderstandings that occur. They then sought to hunt him down and get rid of

This film teaches the honesty of a person’s heart and
beliefs that are often tested. Not to judge people by appearance only. To
appreciate and accept someone though the person may seem different. Be patient
with the blasphemy and disturbance of people. To be able to trust others and
most importantly to be honest in knowing a truth as there is no point in
regretting later on.

From both these movies, the similarity is that both Hassan
and Edward had to leave their comfort zone and venture in a whole new community
and atmosphere , where they had to strive to be themselves and discover their
capabilities while being different. Besides that, both of them faced being
rejected as they were different yet their struggle in staying true to
themselves. Also show the struggle of being different in a community that is
doesn’t seem to embrace the differences of others and how the people around
treat those who do not seem to fit in into the society of conformity .


The 100 Foot Journey is and American comedy-drama that
depicts the culinary rivalry between two restaurants. Literally 100 feet away
from each other. One of an Indian themed restaurant and another of a famous
French restaurant thus a clash of culture takes place. The film tells the story
of Hassan, who owns a culinary gift, the ups and down he faces in his journey
of self-discovery while a culinary war takes place in the midst.

Edward Scissorhands on the other hand, is an American
romantic dark fantasy film that depicts the life of Edward, who has scissors
for 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 people
start to turn against him and reject his presence.


In The 100 Foot Journey, the most prominent theme of the
film is obviously, cooking. Food is shown as the heart and soul of the film, it
is the one thing that drags Hassan back and forth across cultural lines. Hassan’s
family uses food to bring their Indian culture to the small French town of
Lumeire. It is also a major component in Hassan’s journey of self-discovery in
how to strike a balance between the food he has grown up with and the food that
is celebrated by the French culinary world.

In Edwards Scissorhands, the most prominent theme of the
movie is the outsider. The movie showcases how people who are different are
often rejected by society. The film shows how Edward who has scissors for hands
is 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 to
defend himself as any other ordinary person of that society. He is without
hesitation labelled a freak and is rejected by the people who because he was
different and was seen as an outsider who did not fit into their society of

However. Both these films have one prominent theme in
common, which is self-discovery. In The 100 foot journey, Hassan embarks on a
journey of self-discovery of his culinary gift across the world. Combining food
from 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 experience
feelings that were previously hidden due to a life of isolation.


In my opinion, the objective that I believe both the films
showcase is that, how being different and being in a new place and community
often is challenge for those who are different. The challenges faced by them in
being 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 treat
them equal as we would an ordinary person. How we should acknowledge they have
equal rights and opportunity to preserve. Also how their differences are unique
and should be embraced rather than rejected.

Cast And Crew

The 100 Foot Journey was directed by Lasse Hallstrom based
on a screenplay written by Steven Knight, adapted from Richard Morais 2010
novel of the same name. It was produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and
Juliet Blake. Starring, Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory), Manish Dayal (Hassan
Kadam), Om Puri (Papa), Charoltte Le Bon (Marguerite). The score or soundtrack
from the movie was composed by A.R Rahman.

On the other hand, Edward Scissorhands was directed by Tim
Burton. The film was produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written by
Caroline Thompson based on a story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson. Starring
Johnny Depp (Edward), Winona Ryder (Kim) and Dianne Wiest (Peg). It was
produced by 20th Century Fox. The music for the film was composed by Danny


First 3 Minutes

In The 100 Foot Journey, the movie starts off with a scene
overlooking a countryside with indian music playing in the background,
immediately gives u the vibe that the scene take place in india, then shows a
market place filled with vibrant colors and loud noises of people voices and
vehicles, giving you the vibe of a busy market place, when the scene of a man
carrying a basket of sea urchins quickly catches you attention as the animal
has an unique look. Immediately after that , there’s lady in a blue saree who
draws your attention as she is running after the sea urchins through the midst
of people while holding a young boys arm. It continues as the scene leads to
her bargaining in the midst of other women for the sea urchin, the scene then
closes up as the young boy takes one and smells it and then tastes it. In the
background u hear a man talking , answering questions of his identity  as the shot focuses on the boy. Then the
merchant, quiets everyone down and says ‘ to the boy who knows’. This immediately
give you a sense that the boy is the main character of the film and it has
something 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 convincing
him to let him into Europe.  Hassan Haji
introduces himself, the star of his own show, and tells us that he was born
above a restaurant in Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay. That he is a cook
and goes on telling his life’s story. The First thing we hear about him relates
to food.


In Edwards Scissorhands, the first 3 minutes of the movie
starts of with a dark toned background with gloomy music showing machines
creating a horror and mysterious element for viewers. And focuses on close up
shots of a pair of hands and a man with his eyes closed as it snows. Then continues
to show a castle on a hill as it snows. Immediately creating the vibe that the
film has something to do with the castle. And the shot widens up , showing the
castle to appear further away on the hill and an old lady looking out the
window towards it. She then goes on to tuck her granddaughter in bed, who then
asks her where snow comes from. The old lady decides to tell her , and says
that it has to start with scissors and goes on to tell that it there was even
once a man who has scissors for hands, instantly making the audience think of the
film title, assuming his name to be Edward.



1. Camera Techniques

In The 100 Foot Journey, the director uses inventive and
often claustrophobic camera angles to communicate the central concepts of
isolation and self-discovery, as well as enhancing the underlying themes of
societal uniformity and prejudice, to the audience. Burton’s demonization of
suburbia is made immediately apparent through the opening point-of-view shot
which 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 the
town. Juxtaposition of the pastel colours of suburbia and Edward’s dark and
gothic mansion serves to accentuate the sterility of American society and their
inability to accept difference and non-conformity. high-angle panoramic shots
of the uniform town and frequent long-shots of the dark mansion. low-angle
mid-shot employed by Burton suggests parallelism and equality between Edward
and Peg. the intimacy of the space they share, enhanced by close-uafdasfp shots. Final
long-shot of Edward alone in the colourful gardens of his castle, surrounded by
nature and creativity, emphasizes Burton’s vital message that society seeks to
normalise difference in order to make it insignificant.




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