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Sweeney Todd

I already knew the general story from the theatrical production that Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street came from, since I had family who put on the production in the past. After hearing a very positive review from a trusted source of this film version of Sweeney Todd I got pretty excited about seeing this film.

This was not one of the best movies I’ve seen recently, but I did enjoy this film quite a bit. I thought Tim Burton does an amazing job of making what must have been buckets of blood look absolutely beautiful. I haven’t seen such amazing blown out colors in a film and blood treated so beautifully since Dario Argento‘s Giallo masterpiece Susperia. I was just a bit disappointed by the music and story

Johnny Depp keeps making a great leading man for Burton. His performance, especially when he gets to play off of Helena Bonham Carter (who is enthralling to watch as the ghostly bleached white, sickly brown eyeshadowed partner/potential lover for the former Edward Scissorhands). The performances of the supporting Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall were just a pleasure to watch whenever they were allowed to overtake the screen.

One of the biggest problems is that the songs were not all that great, but I WAS surprised at how some of them sounded, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out with the main actors doing their own singing, even though I thought there may have been too many times when the characters broke into song. The beginning and end of this film are pretty tightly done, the mid section is a bit story thin though.

Let me go back to the production values though, because THIS is where the film really shines. Most every scene is shot perfectly. over 95% of this film portrays the gloomiest London, very similar to the way Burton shot Sleepy Hollow, but it was never more noticeable than after Carter‘s BEST hopes and dreams musical number which brought all those blown out colors to the screen, that are a stark contrast to the rest of the movie. I must say though, there was one scene, when Depp was getting off the ship where Burton makes the mistake of lighting him with a warm street lamp, which gives him a slight rosy glow which is a total mismatch for EVERY other scene in the film for his character. Other than that scene, the film looks absolutely amazing.

Thanks to Movies and Life for the above pic.


January 21, 2008 3:35 am - Posted by | London, movie reviews, movies, music

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