A Review of the Opening Sequence of Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy, which is based on the stories of
Cinderella, the Prince and the Pauper and My fair lady. The film was
produced in 1990 and directed by Garry Marshall. It is set in the
Hollywood hills and the rough Hollywood Boulevard. Richard Gere and
Julia Roberts play the two main characters, Vivien Ward and Edward
Lewis. Edward is a wealthy man who is respected and admired by others.
Whereas Vivien is a lot poorer. Her only way of earning money is by
her job as a prostitute in Hollywood Boulevard.
In the film the music is very important. At the beginning it is set at
a party. It is Edward's party so it is very posh and classy. All
throughout the party scenes there is piano music being played in the
background. This shows that Edward and his friends are very
sophisticated. The music changes though when Edward is in his car
driving through the Hollywood hills down into the Hollywood Boulevard.
It turns into a more upbeat song it's lyrics include 'I'll get over
you,' this is a signifier because it links in with the fact that he
has just broken up with his girlfriend.
When the shot moves to Vivien in her bedroom the music changes again,
it changes to a louder, heavier song called 'Wild women do' which
matches Vivien's character as a prostitute living in the rough part of
the Hollywood Boulevard where she lives life wildly. Just from this
you can see a contrast between Vivien and Edward straight away.
The costumes that the two main characters wear are very different. At
the party at the beginning of the film, Edward and all of his friends
are wearing very posh expensive clothes probably made by famous
designers. The people are wearing clothes that have quite a bright
colour like red or blue and most of them are just wearing one colour.
They are also wearing lots of expensive jewellery like gold necklaces,
bracelets, rings etc. Just by looking at the people at the party you
can tell straight away that they have lots of money and can afford to
buy expensive clothes and jewellery for parties.
When you first see Edward he is upstairs in his office away from the
party. The walls in his office are just plain white with not a lot of
decoration and he is wearing a plain grey suit which is quite dull and
lifeless this is a signifier that he is a businessman and that he
doesn't like to wear bright colourful clothes and that he prefers to
stay wearing neutral colours.
In contrast the first time we see Vivien we can see straight away that
she lives a completely different lifestyle to Edward. The first part
we see of her that we see is her underwear when she is just waking up.
We don't see her face until the next shot of her when she is getting
out of bed. When she gets up she puts on some jewellery but it looks