OK first of I just wanna say that although I like Depp, in this he is simply a cross of Ed Scissorhands and Jack Sparrow haha we have seen and heard it before and its alittle poor really. He looks the part and sings ok but his performance is just like all his others really, and I read that this time he based his character around David Bowie of sorts, hmmmm lets just see your take on a character Mr Depp, make it your own not an impression of someone else.
Anyway the rest of the cast is fantastic. Carter and Rickman are brilliant, Carter looking like a live action 'Sally' from 'Nightmare Before Xmas'. Rickman is devious and intelligent sounding as usual haha but Tim Spall is absolutely amazing....his performance as Rickmans right hand thug is sooo good and quite scary really. He seems to play him slightly camp almost, he really tries to steal the show and in my opinion does. A gentle voiced, nasty 'Bill Sykes' springs to mind. The young boy in the cast is very good and sings well and Sasha Baron Coen makes a good small role at the begining with his Italian barber.
And yes everybody does sing and quite well, nothing remarkable of course but they sound fine for this film, probably some touchup here and there in the edit.
The look of the film is grim, dark your basic Burton set up really and suits it perfectly. The colours are dim or faded against a wash of grey scale and black (Burtons trademark black and white hooped clothing pattern evident in one scene) There is a huge amount of blood which is clearly theatrical blood, not your real looking horror pic blood which makes it more manageable (the film being 18 cert) and there is also, of course, alot of music involved.much more than I thought to be honest, its almost continuous throughout which is OK but at times u do wish for alittle more speech, some of the songs do grate somewhat haha.
Overall I was surprised, it does work well despite too many musical numbers, its allot more brutal than I expected (you gotta feel for Carter's character at the end, a nasty way to go and she was only in love) it looks gorgeous, as expected though, and the excellent cast keeps you glued to the screen. One bad note, the ending is alittle flat and atad of an anti-climax, you wanted a more intense ending for the anti hero, it fades out too lightly.