Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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Set in an imaginative world that only Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could capture, Sweeney Todd has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences everywhere. Supported by a stellar cast including Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Depp's "spellbinding" (NY Magazine) performance as Sweeney brilliantly elevates Burton's dark vision of a wronged man obsessed with revenge. Sweeney Todd is "mighty entertainment" (NY Post~~) that will win your heart with a vengeance.
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Somehow it doesn't come as a shock to me that Tim Burton adapted Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- or that he somehow spun it into something so delicious. That dark, grotesque, hilariously melodramatic story is perfectly suited to Burton's style, and Johnny Depp is absolutely stunning as the titular bloody barber.
The malignant Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts after the wife of Benjamin Barker (Depp), so he convicts Barker of a crime he didn't commit, and enfolds his family into his evil hands.
But fifteen years later, the Barker returns to London and sets up a barber shop over Mrs. Lovett's ghastly meat pie store. Of course, he's enraged when he learns that his wife was raped and since poisoned herself, and that his daughter is the ward of the lecherous Judge. Enraged and maddened, Barker renames himself "Sweeney Todd" and vows revenge.
And he finds that he LOVES using his razors for a far bloodier task than shaving. With the help of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) -- who finds a thrifty use for those bodies -- Todd cuts a bloody swathe through all who have wronged him. And when his daughter is punished for refusing to marry the cruel Judge, Sweeney closes in to get his revenge at last.
There's always been a gothic look to Burton's movies, and he's always dabbled in very twisted, macabre storylines. And he really tops himself with "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- London is painted in black, white and grey, right down to the ghoulish faces of the characters, and their bleak little dens of horror.Read more ›
His wife and his daughter - well, they were his life
`til one day fair Lucy, Judge Turpin espied
And vowed he would take her and make her his bride
He called up the Beadle, and trumped up a charge
Sent him to Australia on a prison barge
But fifteen years later the barber returned
With revenge in his heart, `cos he really got burned
He found Nellie Lovett, a baker of pies
Who was running real low on her filling supplies
Before long the duo were rolling in dough
He cutting on top, and she cooking below
One day as he practiced tonsorial slaughter
He learned of the fate of his beautiful daughter
He worked out a plan and then stood by his chair
And waited for those who'd wronged him to appear
This movie sure rocks, but it's not for the weak
As blood spurts and gushes, and arteries leak
The Director's amazing, the screenplay surreal
It'll make you think twice on the whole meat pie deal
Cohen, Bonham-Carter and Spall add some zing
While Snape and Jack Sparrow prove that they can sing
This tale of the barber, the baker and judge
Should give the careers of the actors a nudge
I watched it in awe as the ending drew near
And I said "This is my movie choice for the year"
I might be quite biased, I love Johnny Depp
But I give it 5 stars, and a resounding YEP!!!
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)
1. Don't mess with a guy who wields a razor
2. Revenge is meat
3. There'll be pie from the sky when you die
4. What goes around comes around
Suffice to say, there is much to reveal in this film and so much is better left unsaid for the sake of surprise, especially for those not familiar with the story. It's a gutsy production for two reasons. First, it's a musical and second, more throats are slit in this film than any I can recall. Those two facts really seem to narrow the gap in terms of audience appeal. On one hand, it might be fair to assume that the demographic marching like zombies to see shallow gorno like the Saw movies would, for most part, not be the least bit interested in seeing a musical. In fact, I went to see this film with my police officer friend who wanted to see the new Alien vs. Predator movie, what a shame it was sold out as that may have been a far less challenging review to write.Read more ›
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I own all versions available on video so, my opinion;
Todd Slaughter as Sweeney is just bloody evil and he comes across wonderfully in the role. Read more
My favourite movie! I love it! It's not available at stores close to me so I was very pleased to find it here and at such an excellent price!Published 16 months ago by Tay
We are a fan of Johnny Depp but were not familiar with this DVD release. Didn't realize it was a musical of sorts, not our thing.Published 18 months ago by PJG, Ontario