Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sweeney Todd




I like Brit Gal in the USA’s movie reviews so I hope she doesn’t mind that I’ve half inched (pinched) her idea. The thing is, I don’t watch a lot of films, (as you can probably tell, this one has been out a bit), but it was so good I felt I had to comment on it.

I first saw Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street performed on stage in England, back in the mid-80’s, and I loved it. When I heard it had been made into a movie I was curious to see how the stage musical would transfer to film. Obviously, Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics are magnificent, but would Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter be up to the job of performing them?

I needn’t have worried. Depp once again proved what a wonderfully versatile actor he is. With the exception of the pirate movies, I love all his films. Helena Bonham Carter was equally magnificent as Mrs. Lovett, the pie shop owner. In fact, the whole cast was so superb I can’t heap enough praise on them.

Mick and I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and highly recommend it. Don’t let the fact that it is a musical put you off. Though I must say, if you don’t like the sight of blood, don’t watch it, as there’s an awful lot of it about.

5 comments:

pamokc said...

OOOOH! I'm glad to read a review of this one. I've been wanting to see it but have those same reservations. I don't know enough of the story to know whether they played it good or bad, but Mr. Depp is always appealing to watch ;) wink wink

Anyway, thank you for your very nice comment. You can cook - I play with photoshop!

Janet said...

I agree, Pam, Johnny Depp is a lovely bit of eye candy. I hope the new post helps clear up the plot.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Don't mind a bit Jan' and thanks for the review on this, I have been exactly the same as Pam about it. So I will now add it to the Netflix queue!

Phoebe said...

Sweeney Todd is awesome! I watched it with my friend. As I said to her: Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman - what more could you want? lol

Janet said...

Hi Phoebe, you like the older men then? You and your friend are obviously women with impecable taste.

And I agree, Sweeney Todd is awesome!