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I saw Sweeney Todd opening night, Friday, December 21st. I was anxious to see it. I had seen the Broadway Show and loved it. Sondheim's music is amazing. While I love Johnny Depp and have been rarely disappointed by his performances, this one being no exception. As far as Tim Burton my opinion is that he either directs a hit or a miss. This was definitely a hit.
"[color=orange]If the director has an alter ego, or at least an actor consistently able to embody his ideas on screen, it would have to be Johnny Depp. He was the hurt, misunderstood man-child in ?Edward Scissorhands,? the cracked visionary in ?Ed Wood? and the cold, creepy candy mogul in ?Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,? in each case giving form to an emotional equation that had never quite been seen on film before. As Sweeney, his hair streaked with white and his eyes rimmed in black, he is an avatar of rage. Mr. Depp?s singing voice is harsh and thin, but amazingly forceful. He brings the unpolished urgency of rock ?n? roll to an idiom accustomed to more refinement, and in doing so awakens the violence of Mr. Sondheim?s lyrics and melodies.
[/color]"Indeed, ?Sweeney? is as much a horror film as a musical: It is cruel in its effects and radical in its misanthropy, expressing a breathtakingly, rigorously pessimistic view of human nature. It is also something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme ? I am tempted to say evil ? genius."
From the NYTimes Review
as I could not have expressed it better and I am not always in agreement with the Times..
On the stage although brilliant you can be limited as to what you can show. A movie has many more oppportunities to convey a feeling. This adaptation was excellent as it delved into the characters. Facial expressions etc.
AND the fact that except for Depp, Sondheim picked all the other actors. The fact that Burton and Sonheim worked together made it that much better.
It was an amazing experience from the opening credit to the very last closing one..
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