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

Out of the Johnny Depp's various movie roles (in movies I've seen), his role in this film might be my favorite; it's dark and powerful. There were some scenes where he used his apathetic Edward Scissorhands face, but that's enjoyable in it's own way.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have a preference for musicals. I grew up with Disney movies, Barney, and several musicals (The Sound of Music (1965), Funny Face (1957), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Mary Poppins (1964), and An American in Paris (1951)).

While there's a lot to say about the movie, some of which has been placed in my instant comments, I would summarize by saying I love the movie. I might even go as far as putting it in my top ten favorite, if I ever made such a list. Certainly top twenty.

[20160906 Edit]

I watched this movie again today and while I remembered most of the overarching story, there were some details I had forgotten. In particular, I forgot about the end-of-the-movie twist on one of the characters until about halfway into the movie.

Unfortunately, the movie might not have been as great and exciting as I once remembered it to be, but I still enjoyed it. Explicitly, one of the reasons lies in the plot, which would not be a fault of the movie itself (as it stands as an adaptation upon previous works). Elaborating, the character Anthony, who is essential to the plot, is also annoying. Note that I had a similar problem with the character Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) in Gladiator (2000).

I would still, however, recommend it to fans of musicals and to fans of Tim Burton's style of horror.

Instant Comments:
2: I had forgotten how great the opening credit sequence to this movie is.
2: Great line: "At last! My arm is complete again!"
2: The first time I watched the movie, the scenes with Todd's blade to someone's neck made me cringe.
2: I liked the ending of the movie the first time I watched it and I still like it. There was definitely discussion over the ending.
2: I love how the actors are actually singing; know that adds to an already great movie

Special Features:
2: I watched the special feature: BURTON + DEPP + CARTER = TODD. 26 minutes long. It covers various topics, such as how the movie got started, the actors, and the singing.

Released 20071221.
Watched 20080105 Theatre. Irvine 21 [SWEENEY] 1:30PM $6.00
Possibly watched once more, perhaps just partially.
Watched 20110124 (McNaughton Plan from Eisenhower Library) English subtitles.
Watched 20160904 (Netflix, Instant)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Tim Burton. 116 min [various works precede the film]

Relevant Links:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (IMDb.com)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film) (Wikipedia.org)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (musical) (Wikipedia.org)

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