Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Released: December 21str, 2007

Genre: Horror, Musical

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: John Logan (Screenplay), Hugh Wheeler (Musical), Christopher Bond (Musical adaptation)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman,

Opening Thoughts:

I remember when this film was released that my friend and I had a competition to who could watch it the most in theaters. (I won by watching it a total of 6 times!) Tim Burton anything was still alluring even if some of the shine has worn off. There are parts of the film that truly spoke to me and I found beauty within its tragedy. It featured a solid cast that I knew well. To this day I don’t think I’ve seen a movie more in theaters than this one. (How to Train Your Dragon and The Avengers are a close second.) I don’t love musicals, but give me a vengeful barber, a desperate small business owner with a resourceful plan, and a twisted romance and you may just entice me to watch.

Plot:

A vengeful barber seeks retribution on those who wronged him and anyone else who gets in the way.

Dislikes:

Alright, if you are a die-hard fan of musicals, you may not love the singing aspects in this movie. It isn’t the quality that most will desire.

They changed some characters but kept songs that make it creepier.

A lot of things have to go a certain way in this film. This happens in life, but the more factors you add, the less believable it gets. This film rides a fine line of the horrific and ludicrous.

Likes:

I really like the acting in this movie. Johnny Depp delivers a great performance and Helena Bonham Carter is out of this world. Also, I think Alan Rickman provides an extra element of class to the production. They all deliver great performances.

I found it both relatable (to a point) and the songs are extremely catchy.

The acting makes this movie work more than it should, but if there was a second thing, it would be the overall quality. The set designs are among the most detailed in Burton’s career. It has wonderful costumes, makeup, and hair. The score is delightful.

Burton is known to get to the edge of what most consider horror and stays there. I would say this is bloody enough to be legitimate horror. Some of Burton’s choices are brilliant.

Spoiler!

It is a movie that speaks about revenge and the many pitfalls it has, but also a warning. To walk around the famous Nietsche quote, when we are dealing with terrible people, we must be cautious that we don’t become terrible.

Closing Thoughts:

Sweeney Todd may not work for the diehard theatre lovers and I can respect that. However, it is bloody and entertaining. It captures some of the finest aspects of this romantic tragedy and displays them in an eerie display. Featuring an incredibly talented cast that makes this film work far better than it should.

Tim Burton Ladder

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Edward Scissorhands (1990) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/03/17/nostalgia-review-edward-scissorhands-1990/

Beetlejuice (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/the-rewind-1980s-beetlejuice-beetlejuice-beetle-hey-look-a-squirrel/

Batman Returns (1992) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/dc-gold-or-perhaps-silver-batman-returns-1992/

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/rewind-1980s-pee-wees-big-adventure/

Big Fish (2003) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/12/27/modern-monday-big-fish-2003/

Ed Wood (1994) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/11/09/retro-review-ed-wood-1994/

Sleepy Hollow (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/11/13/retro-review-sleepy-hollow-1999/

Sweeney Todd (2007)

Corpse Bride (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/tim-burton-strikes-again-corpse-bride-2005/

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2022/01/03/modern-mondays-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-2005/

Mars Attacks (1996) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2021/11/11/retro-review-mars-attacks-1996-flash-review/

Planet of the Apes (2001) No I won’t do a review. I’m not going to watch this film the third time in my life. it doesn’t deserve it and there are many others more worthy.