Impressively unwholesome - which extends to Burton's unapologetic breast fixation, which feels especially queasy with Jayne Wisener's baby-faced Johanna! I'm not entirely convinced that Sondheim's work suits film. 'Sweeney Todd' starts Burton's trend of films which look both filthy and shiny at the same time. Unusually for Burton it is not a higgledy-piggledy film. It is all of-a-piece. But it is deeply unlovable.
Who can hate this morbid Gothic splatter musical that makes me smile from ear to ear without blood pulsating through my throat. The casting of this movie is pitch perfect with Johnny Depp looking like the bastard love child of the Bride of Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper. Alan Rickman also steals every scene he is in as the real villain of the piece.
Goddammit Tim, must you ruin *everything* that's good? The original production and score are brilliant and nuanced, balancing subtle notes of humor and horror, tenderness and savagery, lightness and dark, often within singular characters. Burton just suffocates it all in black tar and stage blood with all the sophistication and discernment of a 13-year-old suburbanite. Plus your nepotistic actors can't bloody sing.
In this Tim Burton's sixth collaboration with Johnny Depp, you'll get a thrilling musical movie. Love the gothic style of Burton. Not a fan of the music, but it's perfectly matched to its storyline. I like this movie when it come to the scene where Mr. Todd cut the throat of his customers...
Tim Burton brilliantly translated this amazing musical to the screen, and it is one of his very best. The acting, the make up, the art design, and of course Stephen Sondheim's absolutely stunning music make for a wicked horror musical concoction, and by the end I'm literally left breathless.
Un personaggio interessante ed una splendida direzione della fotografia finiscono per essere trascinati a fondo da un mare di difetti. La snervante ripetitività della sceneggiatura fa sembrare ancora più vuoto un soggetto di per sé molto povero, che non fa altro che offrire allo spettatore la stessa scena da inquadrature diverse. Terribile
I appreciate the direction Burton took with this one because he managed to suppress his animated aesthetic and deliver something both whimsical and extremely twisted; having seen the play in high school, this adaptation did justice to the Broadway original.
Despite Burton's artistic eye for the macabre the film struggles to impress on the musical end which coincidently is one of the cornerstones of the film. If we add to this the fact that nobody in the cast can sing for their own lives, then the experience is tortuous. The film focuses on the weakest talent of everyone concerned and that is far away from originality on a take on a recognisable Broadway musical.