Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sweeney Todd - Dark, Demented, Twisted and Loving It

Once again the disturbing dark duo Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are back at it again in Sweeney Todd.

Sweeney Todd is a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again."

Helena Bonham Carter as Ms. Lovett with Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd

This may be too dark for some viewers but for someone like me, I find it amazing. From the opening scene, where Ms. Lovett bakes her revolting meat pies, to the end the film delivers it's quirky dim humor. The combination of Depp, Carter and Burton really makes this film what it is. You can really tell that all three of them have a great understanding of one another which makes each one of them be able to bring something to the table as well as being able to blend it together.

The greatest thing about this movie is that it is able to bring horror and musical together in a way that few films can. The only other horror musicals that I can think of is The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repo! Although I feel that the storyline is good enough without the musical aspect but it does add a nice kick to it.

As for the singing I feel that most of the actors did a good job but not a wow job. However I did enjoy Ed Sanders (Toby).

I feel that the strongest point of the movie was the end because it gives you this depressing feeling that grows on you.

Sweeney Todd is a film that I'd recommend watching because the cast does do a really good job and surprisingly Sacha Baron Cohen does a pretty good job as the wacky barber.

Letter Grade
C+ I felt that it was a good enough job but not as good as some other musicals.
Performances: B This took some strong character acting and everyone did a great job.
Setting: A It sets the mood completely. I'm glad it won for best art-direction.
Overall: B+ It has definitely earned it's right as a new classic.

1 comment:

Dwacon® said...

The irony of the storyline is so amazing! This is great cinema!