CinemaCl🎃wn’s review published on Letterboxd:
A visually beautiful, very well choreographed & engrossing drama that is emotionally captivating, but at the same time very dark, violent & saddening to watch, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is arguably the darkest musical existing in cinema today and tells the story of an ordinary man who had everything until a man of power stole his freedom, destroyed his family & banished him for life. And in his sorrow, a new man was born who returns to have his revenge.
Director Tim Burton & actor Johnny Depp re-unite once again to give their fans another engrossing story of an exciting character, only this time it is blended with a strong theme of murder & revenge. This is Tim Burton's darkest masterpiece to date which is very well-written, is highly impressive to look at & is elevated to a whole new level by truly mesmerizing performances from its entire cast.
Johnny Depp delivers the finest performance of his illustrious career & makes Sweeney Todd completely his own plus his voice, make-up & even the mannerisms very much suited the complexity of this character. Helena Bonham Carter delivers an equally mesmerizing performance as Mrs. Lovett & throughout the film kept challenging Depp's magnetic presence unlike anyone else. Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Ed Sanders & others were also very fascinating in their given roles.
Coming to the technical aspects, Art Direction team beautifully painted the picture of London & Cinematography made it darker than it has ever been. Editing is smooth while costumes & make-up are very much accurate to its era. VFX is fine but I would've preferred a more realistic look of the blood. And finally, the music by Stephen Sondheim synchronized effortlessly with the film's dark theme & kept the theme of revenge alive throughout its runtime.
On an overall scale, Sweeney Todd is one film that no Depp or Burton fan should miss. It's a must for fans of musicals or revenge flicks & even those who despise musicals are in for a surprise. After all, this tale of a 19th century London barber with revenge on his mind & a blade in his hand has it all: blood, mystery, romance, wit, exhilarating music, stunning visual design & last but not the least, a truly heartbreaking story.
Need a shave? A close shave? Sweeney is waiting. Highly Recommended.
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