Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ★★★★½

Quickie Review 
Listed in my personal #DefendUntilTheEnd canon, this bloody horror musical came out at a time when the combination of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton was entertaining, not overbearing like it would be years later, beginning with 2010's "Alice In Wonderland". While "Corpse Bride" was a stop-motion dazzler for all ages, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is something that you don't want to show to kids because in spite of the music of Stephen Sondheim, it carries over the graphic violence of the Broadway production and ups the gruesome factor to infinity levels. Depp is remarkably strong in his performance of the title character while Helena Bonham Carter is at her best as Mrs. Lovett and Alan Rickman provides a quietly sinister turn as the judge who ruins Todd's life and becomes the subject of Todd's bloody campaign of vengeance. "Sweeney Todd" is a horror musical that's as sharp as the barber himself and worth checking out if you like your movie musicals with a touch of the macabre.

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