Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ★★

I wasn't crazy about this movie the first time I saw it, and it didn't really improve this time. I think it's as bleak as Sleepy Hollow but without any of the charm or engaging story to boot, I didn't find myself connecting with any of the characters in any significant way. I thought that the songs were fairly boring, with the exceptions being the Dr Pirelli song and By The Sea. Ironically these are the sequences which break away from the super dreary aesthetic, highlighting them as moments which are quite entertaining. The gore is really striking at times, but the stuff either side of the violence really wasn't interesting to me.

I'd say this is my least favourite Burton if Planet of the Apes wasn't right there. At least Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is weird as hell, which keeps it moving along.

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