The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
There is something to be said about a Tim Burton movie. It could have the worst story line in the history of the world but you know that you'll at least walk away having been on a visually stimulating trip. I've been anticipating Sweeney Todd for a while now and it didn't disappoint. While BFF and I were in London, we went to a pub on Fleet Street which was the setting of this fabulous tale of a fictional murdering barber brought to life by Johnny Depp. His voice, while no Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge, far surpassed any expectations I may have had. I've not seen this musical live nor have I ever heard the soundtrack so I have absolutely nothing to compare this adaptation to at all. Helena Bonham Carter, baker of the meat pies made of Todd's victims, is so fascinating to look at and her voice was just lovely. The songs were so good and fit into the story seamlessly. The blood is a vibrant red that seems to have a life of its own against the bleak gray London landscape. Even Severus Snape makes an appearance as Judge Turpin! And that guy from Enchanted? Well he's there, too! But leave it to Sacha Baron Cohen to steal the show as the Italian barber that is Todd's primary competition. If you love Tim Burton's style, go see this movie. If you hate musicals, well I don't think you should go because the last thing we need to hear is negative criticism. I was enraptured by the entire production. Well played indeed.