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Sweeney Todd: Flat Ass Musical of Fleet Street

 

Sweeney Todd (2006)

“Sweeney Todd” gives us yet another opportunity to experience Tim Burton remaking someone else’s crap. This time out, it's a musical. As we said when “Alice in Wonderland” came out: Burton, please stop with the freaking remakes. Your original stuff rocks, but your remakes blow harder than Mt. Saint Helen on a bad day.

Sweeney Todd is the alter ego of a man who was shafted by a prominent figure in order to have his wife snatched out from under him. Todd was originally Benjamin Barker, a barber. He is set up, spend time in jail, and returns for his sweet, sweet revenge. Of course, like any vengeance-obsessed man, he does it with music and a lot of blood. Teaming with Mrs. Lovett he slowly works his way through those whom did him wrong.

Revenge stories are always fun. There are plenty of movies about revenge and we love them, but this movie was paper-thin and stretched to low hell. It’s boring, the script needs work, there's no character development, and its structure is a mess which leads to pacing issues. While the base story is actually a good, the execution is not.

Anyone else getting tired of Johnny Depp and not want to admit it? We are! We are! But, the performances from everyone (including Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen) are mediocre at best. This could be blamed on the paper-thin characters with their unwavering motivations. Helena Bonham Carter is the only one that does a decent job, likely because her character is the only one that has any depth.

The cinematography is fantastic, as well is the movie’s design. The musical numbers don’t move the story forward the way they should, nor does any particular track stand out.

"Sweeney Todd" would have been great if it weren't a musical – and if it were half as long.

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Credits:

Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: John Logan Stageplay by: Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen





Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Que on Wed, 03/10/2010 - 10:39pm

simply the worst musical I have ever seen. Point -- the music in this film is really, really bad.

Tim obviously had fun with his wife and Johnny Depp... and the rest of us had nightmares just thinking about the songs in this movie.

yukk.

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