Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA/United Kingdom, 2007.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the musical book by , adapted by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Logan, , , .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Every note rings out loud and beautiful in this stunning achievement by Tim Burton, adapting Stephen Sondheim’s hit Broadway musical to the screen with great effect. Burton’s alter ego Johnny Depp plays the misanthropic barber who heartlessly slits the throats of all those who sit in his chair, bereft of human feeling since his wife and daughter were taken away from him years ago. He runs a successful business with the ghoulish woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who runs the bakery below him, her meat pies created from the cadavers he delivers to her basement. His goal, however, is to get the evil judge () responsible for his personal loss into his barber chair and eradicate his demons once and for all. Burton’s trademark visuals, beautiful nightmares that romanticize the Victorian London of classic horror tales, are a huge part of the pleasure here, but credit must be given to the full-blooded performances and especially the gorgeous orchestrations that really make Sondheim’s marvelous score shine. The violence will put a fair share of viewers off, but if you can stomach it you’re in for an unforgettable treat.

Academy Award:  Best Art Direction
Nominations: Best Actor (Johnny Depp); Best Costume Design

Golden Globe AwardsBest Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Johnny Depp)
Nominations: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Helena Bonham Carter); Best Director (Tim Burton)

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