Sweeney Todd (2006)
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An interesting version of the Classic tale, which has variations to it's later Musical adaption. Ray Winstone played the role well and gave authentic touch of London to the brutal Barber, a great role also, played by Essie Davis as Mrs. Lovett. The visually dark look of the film created the old Victorian London scene well. This is a really good dramatised version, which varies lots from the bigger, well known movie with Johnny Depp
Exactly how a wonderful story such as Sweeney Todd should be told. Everything about this production is head and shoulders above everything else. First up, we have the setting. This is truly a disgusting London, filled with shit and disease. Next we have Winstone, giving an astonishing performance. It shows how someone like Depp is a performer, but fails to attach himself to the emotional complexity of such a character. Winstone doesn't just decide that people are scum and start offing them. His first kill is a sudden and regrettable impulse. He even checks on the body later in the hopes that he isn't dead. Like so many real-life killers, Winstone's motivations come from a deep rooted psychological trauma. As he continues, the killing becomes the norm. It's his answer to vengeance, suspicion, and his way of attracting a woman. Davis is also brilliant as Lovett. For once this isn't some creepy madwoman, but a fragile and easily manipulated pawn. I can't speak highly enough of this film, or the way it demonstrates how stories from over a hundred years ago, can still be fresh and involving.
i prefer the jonny depp one at least the songs made it a bit more watchable but this is pretty boring
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