“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and is directed by Tim Burton, one of the most imaginative directors alive.
The film takes place in London where we meet the dark character Sweeney Todd. After being falsely arrested, Mr. Todd is determined to get his revenge on those who imprisoned him and took away his wife and daughter. With the help of a woman by the name of Mrs. Lovett, a pie shop owner who serves London’s worse pies, Sweeney Todd seeks his revenge on those who striped him of his soul.
This is a masterful work of art. It’s funny, scary, brilliant, romantic and ultimately thrilling. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up once again, this time they simply top everything that they have done. Hold on tight for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s darkest hour yet. Maintaining a well deserved R-rating, this goes far beyond any big-screen Broadway musical ever filmed. The dark and gloomy atmosphere creates a creepy vibe that only Tim Burton could nail with such acuracy. The songs were sung with such perfection and the strangely catchy lyrics make for one hell of a musical. Up for a total of four Golden Globe Nominations, including best picture, “Sweeney Todd” is a radiant horror musical.
Helena Bonham-Carter is as beautiful as her voice and Johnny Depp belts out each note in such a rich and stylized manner. Taking it’s number one spot on my top ten list of movies for 2007, this is without a doubt the most unusual Broadway musical that has ever made it to the big screen. It’s dark material for both Burton and Depp. A creepy and well-crafted thriller that marks the high point of Burton’s career. It’s as exciting, gripping, remarkable and overwhelming as a movie can be.
One of the best films of the year has finally arrived. Someone please give Burton his rightful award for best director. For those of you who claim to hate musicals, you will find this to be a bloody good treat. Depp fans will dig his voice, especially when he hits the strong notes. Well sung with vivid imagination that takes you to the dark side of a man without a soul, “Sweeney Todd” raises the bar far beyond any other movie ever made. This is a razzle-dazzle of a thriller with some intensely grotesque scenes. “Sweeney Todd” is gloriously brutal, oddly romantic and one of the years best.