Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sweeny Todd (Johnny Depp) re-joins society after a lengthy prison sentence, only to find his wife dead and his daughter in the custody of the evil aristocratic Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who sent him away for a crime he didn't commit. With the help of haggardly co-tenant Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), Todd turns his barbershop into a venue to enact vigilante justice upon the wicked. Tim Burton directs this adaptation of the popular Steven Sondheim musical.
My Two Cents: How many times can I describe a Burton film as "typical Burton fare"? As many times as Burton and Depp can collaborate on projects like this, I suppose. I must admit: the singing made me uncomfortable

Alternate My Two Cents: Lost at least half a point (if not a full one) because Sondheim's goofy songs nixed the need for Burton's favorite composer, Danny Elfman. A Burton film without Elfman's mesmerizing melodies? Blasphemy!

Drew's Rating: 6/10

Further Thoughts:

Depp and Burton have only collaborated five times. Does that seem surprisingly low to anyone else? And if they ever made a movie about Jack the Ripper, wouldn't Helena Bonham Carter have to play a starring role as one of his victims?


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