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Movie Review: Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

Friday, December 28, 2007
I took my girlfriend to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street yesterday. I enjoyed it thorougly, though you have to be ready for a musical when going into it.

The basic premise of the movie is that a barber (Johnny Depp) is sent away for a crime he didn't commit so that a corrupt judge (Alan Rickman) can have a shot at the barber's wife. The barber comes back 15 years later, finds out his wife is dead and the daughter they had is imprisioned by the judge. He teams up with a baker (Helena Bonham Carter) and concoct a plan of revenge; he'll murder his well-to-do client and she'll turn them into meat pies. And so the story goes. Tim Burton directs the film and, being Tim Burton, easily conveys the dark, morbid tones of the original musical, while still capturing much of the humor, as well. And yes, blood flows in this film - lots of it.

I saw the musical way back in the first years of high school (so yeah, like 14 or 15 years ago) and I loved it then. I've always enjoyed dark humor, so much of which abounds in this musical production. What's not to like about murdering your customers and then turning them into pies? I mean, it seems like a waste to throw away such good meat...

Final word on Sweeney Todd? Worth seeing, if you have a strong stomach and like musicals.


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