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

The infamous tale of Benjamin Barker and how he became Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street and his sinister partnership with Mrs. Lovett, what does she put in those pies?

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Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd formally known as Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) a barber who lived with his beautiful wife and daughter Johanna. However, Judge Turpin was Jealous and wanted his wife and child so therefore got Barker banished to Australia. Years later Barker now known as Todd gets back to London with revenge on his mind. The opening musical number is “There’s No Place Like London” and from then on it is very much a fantastic dark musical with some amusing moments, but it is so dark you do not know whether you should be laughing or not. Which I think is part of Sweeney Todd’s charm, in this film version. As it is a slightly different take on the Broadway/West End show which has had a few different make-overs over the years. But Tim Burton certainly did take on Sweeney Todd in his dark and interesting way.

While the film is not completly in black and white it is very very dark, this then gives blood a very red colour with everything else being dark. I thought this made everything much more artistic, which may seem a strange thing to say about a character who kills people and their bodies get put into pies by Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter).

I actually went to the cinema to see this film twice and bought the DVD as soon as it came out. Yes I bought the 2-disc addition as I love watching the making of features especially on musicals. I thought Johnny Depp was very good as Sweeney Todd and his singing voice reminded me very much of David Bowie, which is a good thing. I think it was a totally new type of role, as I had never really thought of Johnny as Sweeney.

With being a massive fan of musicals, I was very much looking forward to this coming out and how it would compare to other movie musicals. It really is totally different to other musicals, it does not have a feel good factor to it in the songs, the feel good factor should possibly come from Sweeney getting his revenge on the judge. The love for his family and wanting them back driving his obsession with killing the judge.

Mrs Lovett is a very complex character as well, she is so obviously in love with Sweeney and he does not even notice her at all. Despite her different attempts to get him to love and notice her. Telling him a few lies along the way. Helena Bonham Carter was much better than I could have ever imagined as I really was not expecting much from her, but after watching this and then seeing some of her older roles after watching this film I am quickly becoming a fan of hers.

My favorite song in this film is “A Little Priest” which involves the idea being made of putting bodies in the pies. Involving some very humorous lines and dancing with a meat clever and razor in hand which I just really found brilliant.

Overall, I love the darkness of this film and how everything flows and showing how revenge can drive you insane. Doing anything in the process to help get over the event that occurred, and getting pay back. I think Tim Burton really does have such a unique completing his films and I cannot wait for “Alice in Wonderland”.

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2 thoughts on “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Review

  1. What’s not to love is how Tim Burton sucked the soul out of Steven Sondheim’s brilliant music. He cast actors who couldn’t sing, forcing him to cut the musical’s best numbers.

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