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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) — Todd sings “I will have vengeance, I will have salvation” and I have generally found that the two are mutually exclusive.  Ok, so now that I’m done being profound on to the movie.  I think the star of this movie is Dante Ferretti, the production designer.  His Burton-ized version of 1800s London is fucking amazing and sells the whole movie.  I think Stephen Sondheim is a somewhat interesting composer and think maybe his songs might have been improved with more professional singers.  Or maybe Autotune.  They can do that now.  Depp has more rock-ish vocals than you might expect in a musical.  Anyway, dig the story and the whole “vengeance destroys the soul” message that has worked in tragedy for centuries.  Acting-wise the film is cast perfectly I think (my above comments about vocal ability notwithstanding).  It’s got romance, revenge, blood, and singing all with Burton-esque visuals and Sondheim’s clever lyrics and the sick sick sick sense of humour [spelled the Brit way] that results from a marriage of the two.  What’s not to like?

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