Danny B’s review published on Letterboxd:
*"Deppilepsy": "Someone who suffers from blind love of Johnny Depp. No matter how good or bad his project is"* *From the Film Junk Glossary*
Now, I do not suffer Deppilepsy myself, so I was surprised by the fact that not only did I enjoy a musical, but a film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter made in the 2000's. Who'd have thought?
This gory gothic musical was just so much fun. The songs were catchy and pretty good, despite the fact Depp's singing left a lot to be desired. It was an interesting tale of murder and revenge told through a really tragic story that was sad and a little unpleasant to watch.
Burton's gothic style was beautiful throughout. He delivered a pitch black and human story. It just didn't feel like that awful parody of himself I had to endure recently with Alice in Wonderland, this felt like vintage Burton, something from his prime. I can't believe it took me so long to see it. It was great to see Burton not be restrained to family friendly film either, there some grotesquely fantastic kills here. The camera is literally painted in blood. Gorgeous.
The cast are fantastic. Depp does a great job making you like someone who should be a completely hateable character, but his arc was both interesting and tragic by the end. Bonham Carter was a little annoying (As she usually is), but she fit this pretty well and she was a damn good singer to boot.
I might be in the middle of a Deppileptic fit, but Sweeney Todd is Tim Burton's best film since what must be at least the '80s. Excellent, gory fun.