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  Publicity Stills of "Sweeney Todd"
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Genre: Musical/Thriller
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener, Sacha Baron Cohen
RunTime: 1 hr 57 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: M18 (Violence)

Official Website: www.sweeneytoddmovie.com/

Opening Day: 31 January 2008



Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd." Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again." Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, who sends Sweeney to prison and Timothy Spall as the Judge's wicked associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

Movie Review:

Everyone loves Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp for the quirky roles he plays. Everyone loves Oscar-nominated director Tim Burton for the uniquely interesting movies he makes. So when the two come together for the sixth time for a movie musical based on a hit Broadway musical, you can be sure everyone will love it as well. This time, the sure-win combination of the director-actor brings us to a world so sinister and dark, you may just feel chills running down your spine before clapping your hands in glee at the well-made movie.

Depp puts away Captain Jack Sparrow’s pirate hat to play Sweeney Todd, the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, who has returned to London after being locked up for a crime he did not commit. With nothing but revenge on his mind, he goes on an insane killing rampage with aid from pie-maker Mrs. Lovett (an equally creepy but fun character played Helena Bonham Carter, who is engaged to and also often featured in Burton’s movies).

Hairspray and High School Musical this is not, so do not expect cheery tunes to liven up your evening. Instead, Depp sorrowfully sings that razors are “my friends” before proudly holding one in the air and proclaiming that “my arm is complete again”. He also angrily sings that “we all deserve to die” before slicing open his customers’ throats. Meanwhile, Carter sings that she makes “the worst pies in London” in a disgusting yet amusing introduction, and that she wishes to live with the serial killer “by the sea” during the 117-minute movie’s most tackily colorful and delightfully bizarre music sequence.

While not all songs from Stephen Sondheim’s original musical are featured in the movie, they are engaging enough to keep you entertained throughout. There are even some touching moments amplified by the song’s dramatic music arrangement and lyrics. You may just feel the protagonists’ pain and anguish, if you are adaptable to the over-the-top and drastic emotional ups and downs of the characters

The movie is shrouded in a dark hue of grey, which is nicely contrasted with the poor victims’ richly colored red blood. The signature peculiar yet wacky feel is Burton’s signature, and this distinctive look has earned the movie a nomination in the best art direction category, together with two other nominations in the best costume design and best actor categories. While we reckon that the Academy isn’t ready to award Depp for this oddball role (he’d probably take home that golden statuette after a few more nominations), his performance is still an enjoyable one (come to think of it, when has anyone not enjoyed his performances?) Besides, he has already clinched the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) trophy at the recent Golden Globes – that’s recognition for a start.

Also, watch out for funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber. The talented comedian-actor shows us that he is as brilliant even he only shows up for a couple of minutes. Known for his alter egos Borat and Ali G, the Englishman is a scene-stealer in this movie – you will chuckle in hilarity whenever he appears on screen with his puffy poodle hairdo and his ridiculously comical moustache.

Those with weak stomachs may not like the way violence is used in this movie (M18 rating – check), but fans will tell you it is just another form of art. Besides, the movie boasts of Depp and Burton – how can anyone not love it?

Movie Rating:

(Do not miss this dark and compelling movie – or Sweeney Todd will come after you with his razor blades)

Review by John Li


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