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

It took me a while to get round to this one but it was worth the wait. Johnny Depp is wonderful in this movie (as ever). He plays a troubled (and wronged) person who is out for revenge and he achieves this by the end of the movie.

Tim Burton does a great job getting you into the movie by putting you right into the environment with colourful characters and great sets. The selection of the cast also adds to the enjoyment (especially for a Brit like me), this includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Head, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Helena Bonham Carter.

You start off by feeling for the main character, knowing that he was wronged by the judge (Alan Rickman), and you really want him to get his revenge. The plot centers around the way he gets into the killing thing (with Mrs Lovett) and there is a great montage where he makes short work of a number of customers while blurting out a great tune.

This brings me to the musical side of the film, my first impression was the everything that was spoken would be in the form of a song, this is not case. The characters do speak and only sing when there is a big set piece. This makes watching the movie much easier and allows you a breathing space between the numbers. Johnny Depp is a surprising good singer (he was in a rock band in his youth) and aligned with his acting it makes for riveting viewing.

Some things that may put you off the movie is the blood, they must have had a standing order to the fake blood department. Along with the bodies dropping down the chute to the basement with a resounding thud (head first) caused me and the missus to cringe more than once.

As the movie proceeds you know that he should get his just desserts but you still feel for him, this is mainly down to the fact that Johnny Depp is a great actor (Oscars take note). The climax to the movie is f

The bottom line is that I enjoyed the movie and would recommend this to anyone who like a good old fashioned horror as long as you accept that there will be singing and blood!

Egg Rating: 9/10

Special effects: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 7/10
Where seen: DVD at home
Perceived length: Short



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