Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

I've always had a thing for musicals. Who can forget the famous "The phantom of the opera is here inside my mind..." or the chinese musical Perhaps Love starring the ever-dashing Takeshi Kaneshiro. And now we have Sweeney Todd, the latest musical to hit the silver screen. Directed by Tim Burton (of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride fame), it stars the talented Johnny Depp in the title role as well as Helen Bonham Carter, or better known as Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix.

The story begins 15 years after Benjamin Barker (Depp), a successful barber, was wrongfully arrested for a charge he never committed by evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who had set eyes on Barker's beautiful wife. Having escaped, Barker adopts the name Sweeney Todd and vows revenge. He reopens his barber shop on Fleet Street, right above Mrs Lovett (Carter)'s "worst pies in London" shop. A failed attempt to kill Turpin causes Todd to go on a murderous rampage, killing his customers by slitting their throats with his silver razors. Together with Mrs Lovett, they find the perfect solution to get rid of the bodies. In the midst of it all, there's his daughter, Johanna - now Turpin's ward - who fell in love with a sailor and together plan to elope.

Like any musicals, most of the dialogues are in the form of songs which is what makes the film so enjoyable. And mind you, the songs are all sang by the actors and actresses themselves. Adds another feather to Johnny Depp's hat, eh? A worthy watch, really, and all the better, I only had to pay 6 bucks ;)

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