Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Gist: Sweeney Todd, whose life was ruined many years prior by an unscrupulous judge, comes back to London seeking revenge. A down on her luck baker, smitten with him, takes him on as tenant and then sets out to help him in his quest.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is based on the successful Stephen Sondheim musical of the same title.

This being a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, one might naturally expect a hefty dose of oddities, but the subject matter lends itself to their peculiar styles perfectly.

Depp is joined by Helena Bonham Carter, an excellent actress who can inhabit an oddball role just as deeply as him.

The result is an excellent musical in which the sung pieces perfectly dovetail with the script. There are plenty of gory scenes, as one would expect, so if you're squeamish you might want to give this a pass.

The Bottom Line: Great costumes and sets, wonderful music and lyrics, a gorgeously Gothic cinematography, and wonderful acting. If you like musicals, this should satisfy you a great deal.

Grade: 8

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