Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Synopsis: 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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As most people know, I loathe musicals. I abhor the genre because people stop everything to sing and dance and I find it annoying as heck. There are some notable exceptions, like ‘The Blues Brothers’ and the Julie Andrews musicals that I’ve seen – most notably ‘Star!’ and ‘Victor/Victoria’.

‘Sweeney Todd’ is one of those exceptions – but only just. I still hate the songs (although I found myself surprisingly drawn into “Johanna” this time around), but the theme appeals to me more. Surprise, surprise…

What really does the trick for me, though, is the look of the film; it is total eye candy! The blacks are jet black, and everything else is muted down… except for the blood (of which there are gigalitres!). The music accompanies it incredibly well, so it’s a totally amazing aural experience – especially if you’re in a “hallowe’en” mood.

It’s gruesome, though, so it’s certainly not “fun for the whole family” (unless you’re an Addams!). And yet, it works – thanks to the mad genius of Sondheim and Burton.

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