Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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

I've never seen the original "musical thriller" production, so there's no way I can compare it to Tim Burton's film version. I've read that certain songs were left out and even abbreviated, but that doesn't influence this review since I don't even know what I'm missing to begin with.

The songs in Sweeney Todd I did hear, however, really didn't move me or seem to have any sort of "hook". The music was just, well... dull. The story itself isn't all that dull, due to the murder and mayhem, but the entire subplot of Anthony and Johanna is anything but believable. It's a subplot with no resolve. Poor Toby is even cast into the wind. The film just fades to black after the bodies pile up. That's it. Nothing.

Despite it all, Tim Burton's style is still on point. Pale, tragic faces. Some whimsical, macabre images. Helena Bonham Carter. His magic touch makes Sweeney Todd watchable.

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