Taniel's Review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tim Burton's glorious adaptation of the beloved stage musical is a brilliant and bloody good time. The dark and gothic atmosphere are chilling and visually impressive, as always in a Burton production. Johnny Depp's dark and eccentric performance as Sweeney Todd is one of his finest yet. The tone of this film is memorable. It's dramatic at times, it's horrifying at times, it's funny at times, and above all it's a musical. This film features some dark, almost hidden humor. If you can find it, you may find it quite amusing. That aside, this is a very bloody and brutal musical, it's not for most people.
Don't let the fact that it's a musical trick you, this film is unbearably intense at times and is one of the bloodiest films I've ever seen. The way Burton utilizes the blood is so grotesque and borderline tongue-in-cheek at times. The soundtrack of this film is stellar, The soundtrack mostly consists of the music directly from the original stage play, but the cast breaths new life in the songs, they perform their songs so lively and put their own unique spin on the songs.
At the core of this dark musical is a very compelling story of revenge and a somber realization of loneliness. The heart and soul of the film lies with it's two lead performances; Johnny Depp as the revenge crazed and heartbroken throat slasher and Helena Bonham Carter as a sheltered and love starved pie-maker. The two are them are surprisingly brilliant during their music numbers, but they share an odd and mystifying chemistry that leave a profound effect on the movie (especially when you see the ending). Alan Rickman is great in the film as well (even if it was a little hard to me to handle seeing Hans Gruber belting out a musical number). Also, Borat star Sasha Baron Cohen stars in a tiny role that I found to be more irritating than actually useful. Overall, this is a well acted film.
Sweeney Todd is one of the most brilliant stage musicals of all-time and the movie does it great honor.