Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: John Logan, Hugh Wheeler, Christopher Bond

Composers: Stephen Sondheim, Michael Higham

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Never Forget. Never Forgive.

Plot: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Great flick.  I'm kind of surprised it took me nearly ten years to see it, especially since I wanted to see it in the theater when it came out.  It's one of the rare (these days at least) Johnny Depp performances that I like.  I've been saying for years that he and Tim Burton need a moratorium for a few years.  I'm thoroughly impressed with this picture.  The look of the film is beautifully dark.  Many of the songs are very good and the stars sing them impressively well.  And the abundance of slit throats!  YES!  It's great that they went for the gore and an R rating.  I loved that bit.  You don't see too many movies about serial killers with a song in their heart.  Man, the production values are outstanding and I wasn't bored for a moment.  The pacing is just right and I was captivated until the credits rolled.  Nice.  The DreamWorks DVD has a great anamorphic widescreen print with only one extra, a nicely done behind the scenes doc (26 minutes).  Now why isn't there a Blu-ray of this?

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