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Sweeney Todd

Tim Burton's 2007 film adaptation of the musical starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

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  • May 5, 2009
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This may be a bold statement but I believe that Burton may have crafted his best since Ed Wood when he made Sweeney Todd. Believe me when I say those were pretty big shoes to fill but The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is just a fantastic work of art from beginning to finish. Taking his cure from the ghastly legend of Sweeney Todd & retaining all of the original Sondheim soundtrack music, Tim Burton has proven himself once again to be nothing less than a genuis in the grand halls of cinema.

Johnny Depp plays the title character in this grandiose film about a wrongfully imprisoned barber who seeks his vengenace against those who framed him & the judge who sentenced him to prison for 15 long years. Benjamin Barker lost his loving wife & infant daughter as well on account of the judge's cruel or selfish interest in Barker's wife. Having served 15 years in the slammer, Barker has now taken on the persona of Sweeney Todd & he will have no mercy on those who have wreaked havoc with his life.

Helena Bonham Carter plays Mrs. Lovett who is known for making the worst pies in London. It would seem she takes an immediate fancy with Sweeney Todd & even offers him board in her apartment above the pie shop. We later find out in the film that she's always been kinda sweet on him & may have even deceived him at some point in the story. In the meanwhile, she will be his great accomplice in what could be one of London's most disturbing massacres.

It hard to say for sure if Sweeney Todd was merely an extremely disturbing legend ofcourse that inspired books, movies, & the famous musical but the film is a feast for the eyes. As always, Burton goes in full-throttle with the creepiness & quirkiness yet also employs themes which will undoubtedly touch the heart. Naturally, the costumes/make-up are all the rage & the performances are nothing less than absolutely flawless. I find myself even humming some of the songs to myself from time to time.

Warning: This film does feature some very bloody & graphic scenes of murder which aren't suitable for young people. Although Tim burton films are usually family friendly with the exception of Ed Wood or Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd is another vehicle which concerned parents may wish to screen before allowing young children to watch. Aside from that, I hope you enjoy it as much if not more than I have.
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October 23, 2010
This is one of his best for sure, maybe even since Ed Wood like you said. Helena Bonham Carter is brilliant in this.
October 25, 2010
I do like some of his other works but this one was pretty close to perfection and one I would watch repeatedly. Thanks Alex!!
 
November 06, 2009
This was very nicely made and Depp was excellent but I just couldn't connect with it, no fault of the filmmakers, I just cannot stand musicals LOL
November 06, 2009
I though Burton did a great job here even though I'm usually not a fan of musicals either. There are a few here or there that grab my attention but most of them are annoying to me in some fashion. LOL I'm totally with you on that one man.
 
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review by . January 04, 2013
Can You Tell This Is A Tim Burton Film?
This movie, like all Tim Burton movies, screams TIM BURTON. That being said, it's an enjoyable musical adaptation. Of course, "Johanna" is the stand-out musical number, being hauntingly and achingly sad. Sacha Baron Cohen is memorable and Helena Bonham Carter is quite bearable (to be fair, much of my ire towards her comes from her being Burton's wife). There are some striking visual shots (as expected) and lavishly grotesque scenes which make the lack of character depth and plot …
review by . May 23, 2012
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**** out of ****    Tim Burton gives me all that I look for in a musical feature film with "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim hit Broadway show of the same name. If you've followed up on the filmmaker's works to this day, then you'll know that he's usually not afraid to go to dark places, but I don't think he's ever purposely corned himself in a dark alley and proceeded to inflict severe and perverse emotionally deconstructive …
review by . December 12, 2010
In all fairness this is probably the worst version of Sweeney Todd out there, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. I actually do like this movie, but it seems that the only reason Tim Burton decided to adapt it is that it's a dark musical and he has already laid claim to anything with even an iota of macabre. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love that, but it just makes me think that he amped up the blood and guts and downplayed the original beloved characters whereas the …
review by . May 02, 2011
I decided to rewatch this movie and after doing so, I have deduced that I was being unfair, comparing this to the stage show. Of course the stage show is brilliant, but this is a splendid work in its own right and arguably the best thing Tim Burton has done since Beetlejuice. There are some things that this movie does better than the show, and some things that the show does better than the movie, but I shall get on about that later in the review. This musical is my favourite musical of all time, …
Quick Tip by . September 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Strong performances all around in both singing and acting. Even though I thought Bonham-Carter was a bit too young to play Mrs. Lovett when the cast was announced, she pulled off this role wonderfully. Depp totally got into this role as he usually does. Like he does all of his roles, he played Sweeny Todd as a three dimensional character, who did horrible things, yet you could feel sympathetic to what he went through.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
this movie was weird to say the least. when i first heard that it was a musical i was totally uninterested, but then when i saw it i was pleasantly suprised, it was really good!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Depp shows his wide range of talents. He shows that he can both act and sing in this movie. Burton's direction is also at its best.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A quite amazing musical/drama revenge movie. It had great potentilal and rose to the challenge. A fantastic cast.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
very......interesting, and strange movie. for a musical not that bad though.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Loved this movie! I went and bought the original afterwards and I must say, they did a great job with this movie! It is entertaining and the effects are amazing!
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2007 musical thriller and the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's stage musical starring Johnny Depp

Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
Directed by Tim Burton
Writers: John Logan, Steven Sondheim (Musicals)
2007

After years of rumors, it turns out that Tim Burton was the perfect visionary to filmSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, and the result is a macabre and moving musical movie as enthralling as anything Burton has ever done. The show's mix of gothic horror, Grand Guignol,verydark humor, and witty and beautiful music never was the stuff of traditional musical comedy, but it's a powerful work, and perhaps the richest of the late 20th century. In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder (an 19th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber). Helena Bonham Carter, another Burton mainstay, is Mrs. Lovett, the barber's partner-in-unspeakable-crime. It's no surprise that Depp is an excellent choice to convey Todd's brooding intensity and volcanic rage, but he can also sing a score that is so challenging it has often played in opera houses (though not with the same style as the Broadway original, Len Cariou, and he occasionally lapses into pop style). Bonham Carter is small of voice and lacks the humor of the original Broadway Lovett, Angela Lansbury, but ...
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Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: December 21, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 56min (116 Minutes)
Studio: Dreamworks PIctures, Warner Bros Pictures
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