Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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

"Life is for the alive. So let's keep living it. Really living it.”

Grade: B+
(R) Horror, Musical (English)

Tim Burton is a weird dude and you really got to respect how unique his films are. Of course dread, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter are par for the course and shine throughout the film. The cinematography and set design captures the dread and macabre aura of the narrative and time period. The musical elements are handled very well and a majority of the songs are bangers. The costumes and makeup are also done well and accentuate the period portrayed. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham have great chemistry and carry this film. As for my issues I only have a couple but they are very distracting and drag you out of the film. The first being the effects of blood. They are quite laughable and not convincing in the slightest until the end. The grotesque elements are also not convincing (Cadavres, corpses, bones, etc.). Other than these noticeable issues I thoroughly enjoyed the musical elements and the emotional beats of the film. Would recommend this but it doesn't warrant a rewatch.

Favorite Scene: Sweeney Todd vs. Signor Pirelli

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