The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998)
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as Sweeney Todd
as Ben Carlyle
as Mrs. Lovett
as Tom knowler
as Maj. Rutledge
as Dr. Maxwell
as Head Clerk
as Elderly Cutter
as Toothless Man
as Bewigged Customer
as Pie Man
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Audience Reviews for The Tale of Sweeney Todd
Not too shabbily produced and even well acted but surprisingly poorly led retelling of the penny-dreadful classic. Far too much effort is expended on reinforcing the modish but rather infantile notion that our ancestors were to a person all unhygienic foul mouthed barbarians. Kingsley and indeed most of the cast put in yeoman's work, but this ship just won't sail. When the dainty and refined Alice bodily tosses out of her tavern a 300 pound unruly drunkard for a second time, I critically sorta just packed it in.
I actually watched this back in January of 2009 but it wasn't available in the RT database at the time. I'm posting what I said in a blog that I would've given it. From what I remember it wasn't too bad.
Another great rendition of Sweeney Todd. It's great to see stories that can be retold and remain interesting. This throws out the idea of Sweeney as a victim, or his looking for revenge. This is much more in keeping with the original tail. A man that murders for greed. The best part about this film is that is doesn't try to justify the actions or make us sympathise with Todd. He's a terrifying and grotesque creature. Cold, calculating and very deceptive. The investigation narrative is just as interesting as Todd's deeds. I'd still put it behind Winstone's Sweeney Todd, due to the sheer power of that production, but it stands above and shits upon Burton's misfire.
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