Overall Rating: 3.5
Director: Tim Burton
Rewatchability: It's got a few good runs in it. Just so damn catchy.
Watch If: Johnny Depp as a brooding murderer is at least 86% your fetish fuel. Or you like musicals.
Not If: Your cousin got you tickets to the theatrical performance.
The Bare Bones: After a powerful man takes everything from him, Sweeney Todd begins the gruesome and bloody journey towards revenge.
But don't fool yourself about what you're about to see. It's a blood drenched commentary on Victorian society and corruption set to music, and while it's an engaging romp, it's probably not going to change our life.
Now I don't have to tell you that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are far from exotic choices for our dear Mr. Burton. He gets a lot of crap for putting them in everything. But every now and then, the type casting and relentless favoritism pays off. Throw Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall into the mix, and a surprising yet well cast appearance by Sacha Baron Cohen, and you've got an eclectic team of top-notch actors who are practically made for their roles.
I tell you, it seems already being famous really helps you out sometimes.
The eternal one word description for all things Victorian. Bleak. Fatalistic. Gray. Which is exactly the approach that they took on this film, and for the tone, it works. the fade color pallet really makes toe blood pop, which, in a film like Sweeney Todd, is one of the more important thematic aspects.
Sure, in comparison, this specific style does seem to be Tim Burton's go-to, but hey, if it works and you like it, why not?
This film did an excellent job of capturing the grinding, nails-on-chalkboard degradation that we have come to associate with Victorian London. Not only that, but the bleak hopelessness of the era manages to soak into and permeate every aspect of the film. The music in engaging, and the characters appropriately WTF.
But hey, the man's got a brand, and clearly, it works for him.
Let's talk about that music. *Melts*
Now, The novelty of Gorey Broadway scores aside, The music in this film is fantastic. I would attribute this to the fact that they're from an actually Broadway musical. Could the voices behind the pieces been better? *Cough* Yes *Cough*. But regardless of (if not despite) the voices behind the numbers, their brilliance and addictive nature shown through, full force. I would have liked to see more of the original score make its way into the film, but I understand why it wasn't.