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

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Movies
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I should probably preface my statements about Sweeney Todd with a few caveats:

1. I tend to dislike musicals. And by “dislike,” I mean loathe.

2. When on a band trip to New York in the summer of 1979, while most of the other band nerds were geeking out to Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd on Broadway, I and a few other like-minded oddballs were watching Dawn of the Dead in one of the skeeviest theaters I’ve ever encountered.

Now that I’ve given sufficient background information about things, I must say that Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd is, by far, the best film I’ve seen all month.  I do tend to enjoy most Tim Burton films, and I think that Johnny Depp is one of the most fearless actors to ever stand in front of a camera and emote. When they work together, some sort of weird alchemical magic usually takes place (with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being a notable exception). This may be their finest collaboration. If you’re on the fence about seeing this one, it may help to know that while Tim Burton considers Sleepy Hollow to be his Hammer homage, he considers Sweeney Todd to be his “what if Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi had made a musical” film. It’s a masterful film, and I’m already looking forward to watching it again.

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