Genres: Crime, Musical,

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2007


Studio: DreamWorks SKG

Review done by: Serial McKiller
Online since: February 20th, 2006
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Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall,
Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower

Director: Tim Burton

Synopsis: Based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story
of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in
London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant,
Mrs. Lovett.


If the uber pretentious, drawn out, tie-dyed 60's crap fest "Across the
Universe" reminded you why you hate musicals, than Tim Burton's
pitch-black, gothic musical masterpiece 'Sweeney Todd' will bring you back.
Yes indeed this is a masterpiece on many levels and no it's not easy for me
to say that, as I am not now nor have I ever been a Burton fan boy. I've liked
several of his films, but I tend to find his fans annoying as they tend to blow
up the greatness of a lot of his not that great work. Personally I don't find
him to be as great a dark genius as Terry Gilliam or Guillermo Del Toro, but I
am not above calling this his greatest film and one of the very best films of
2007. Burton re-teams with Johnny Depp and wife Helena Bohiem Carter to
tell the old story of a barber whom one day was beaten and wrongfully
imprisoned so that a corrupt judge, played by the always fantastically evil
Alan Rickman (he'll always be Hans Gruber to me though).

When he returns he's a new man with a new name and a new
agenda....revenge under the name of Sweeney Todd. He teams up with Ms.
Lovett, a baker who's pies taste as rancid as they look and after some
brainstorming has figured a new way of getting business...with better pies,
while Sweeney gets his payback on the world he loathes. There's so much in
this film that it's honestly hard to fit it all in and not give things away. Visually
it's stunning and highly inspired. It's as dark a world as the village of Sleepy
Hallow. The music is surprisingly really good as well and I mean this is a
hardcore musical. Meaning LOTS of singing, but almost every song was
enjoyable. Oh yes and Mr. Depp singing...well he's pretty good I think. Partly
because a lot of his gruffer tones work for the character of Sweeney. He's
hurt, he's angry and he's crazy and Depp slides into the role like a glove. No
other actor could have played it off that well plain and simple.

Blood lovers will get their fill of nasty, bloody scenes range from being highly
violent to the somewhat grimly humorous. The final act is a real blast too. I
mean you get totally glued to the screen wondering whats going to happen
next, who's getting cut and so on. The only flaw I can find in this great
picture is that it could indeed become a new symbol in the emo world. Which
would be highly regretable...however emo's tend to fear actually carnal
violence. They like guns that shoot hearts on strings or brightly colored
flowers. At least last time I checked. But aside from the possible
emo-gatherings by your theaters, "Sweeney Todd" is one of the best,
darkest and most fun films I've seen all year. It's an amazing theatrical ride
that's well worth your money and would be still great re-watching it a few
times. And it's about 20 times more artistic in it's first ten minutes than all of
Across the Universe's 133 minute running time, and no where near as

Overall: 10/10
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