Jeremy's Review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
I ended up liking [b]Sweeney Todd[/b] more than I thought I would. It wasn't as gory or graphic as I had imagined either, but it was violent and bloody for sure. The story was a perfect fit for Tim Burton. Dark, brooding and morbid. Everything he does best.
I also wondered how similar it was to the stage play, knowing nothing about it going in. I don't imagine the play was this gothic, but it worked in the movie. I thought Depp was good as always and I also loved Helena Bonham Carter. The story was as much about her charater as it was Sweeney. She was great. So were the young leads.
It was definately a different take on a musical. None of the songs were really memorable but they moved the story along well and fleshed out the characters. Starkly beautiful to look at, as most of Burtons movies like this are. Not really my taste in musicals, but I admire that it is something different and made with great skill and apparent care by all.