1/20/2008

Movie Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

For almost two decades, the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration has produced some of the most off-beat movies; to name a few: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Their latest movie, Sweeney Todd, continues what seems to be a thread of distinct films.

However, this movie about murderous barber from Fleet Street in London is not for everybody.

Sweeney Todd is based on the 1979 musical of the same name and features Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. The cast sings and entertains, but they fail to fit in the black comedy. The humor is comes as futile attempts to liven up a rather drab atmosphere. The movie also is violent and bloody to a fault.

In the final analysis, the movie is well-produced and glossy, but falters in the enjoyment and watchability departments. The performances of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter are praise-worthy, but does not sustain the literally bloody movie.


Rating: 2/5


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