To add more variety to the growing catalogue of reviews here, I decided to look over a certain barber’s tale and post up my thoughts. After all, the only other musical I’ve reviewed is “Mamma Mia!”. Oh dear. Anyway:
The casting of this film seems to be spot on. Depp, although occasionally slipping back into Jack Sparrow, is pretty damn good as Todd. He actually makes a serial killer likable and sympathetic- a hard task, I’m sure you’ll agree. I really liked Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs. Lovett too. She treads the line between scary and sexy very carefully and it works. I have a saying: “If you can cast Alan Rickman as a villain- do it”. Luckily, Burton thought along the same lines and cast him as the odius Judge Turpin- the main focus of Todd’s revenge plan. Special mention to Sacha Baron Cohen too with his fantastic Adolfo Pirelli.
What I really loved about this film was that it doesn’t pull any punches. It’s very, very gory. I’m not really a fan of gore but at least it suits the film. I hate films that seem to be holding back just to get the money-making PG-13 certificate- there’s no artistic reason for it, it’s sheer greed. Thankfully, “Sweeney Todd…” stays true to its grisly roots and has spilt claret by the bucketful.