[font=Courier New]It has been awhile since my last [b]Exploit from the $1 Bin[/b]. I've had this movie sitting with my collection for some time, and haven't gotten around to watching it. But since there was talk about a movie being made based on the live musical version of this story, I decided it was time to finally watch it. All I can say is, I hope the musical is a lot better.
I'm not knocking any points for the poor production values, or the terrible acting. I really don't mind all that. What really got me was the way the movie went from scene to scene. There was little to no structure to the film, which really hurt the film. And, in the end, made it almost unbearable to watch.
The story to the film was nice. And in a lot of ways a creepy one. But there wasn't enough of it. You get the fact that the barber and baker are working together by killing rich lonely people, robbing them and then turning them into pies. But there isn't enough of this to really give the movie any power.
And the movie has this creepy thing with child abuse, that I'm kind of getting the vibe is supposed to be tongue in cheek like the rest of the film. Each time the young Tobias (John Singer) is slapped, the film immediately fades into the next scene. Not giving us time to feel sorry for him, but rather make us chuckle in a most unnecessary way.
I liked Tod Slaughter as Sweeney Todd. Though his performance was over the top, and not really threatening, it was a naive performance that sort of held this fumbling movie together. I kind of liked the campy humor the film did have, but it isn't enough for me to recommend this movie. That is unless the musical film convinces you to do otherwise. [/font]