Steampunk Movie Review – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) is the Prettiest Musical about Murder You’ll Ever Hear
I don’t make a secret of it, I am a huge Johnny Depp fan. But, I also don’t go out of my way to collect everything he does, either. In the relentless cycle of seeking and gathering cheap movies, the Mister and I have collected a very eclectic mix of films, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was a wonderful piece of filmmaking to have on hand when I needed an infusion of the gothic in my everyday life.
Though Riftmaker has a lot of ironic and allegorical humor in it, I have also started to play with a new tale lately with a more macabre tone and bent. Sweeney Todd tickled the same place that Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton always do for me, and I encourage fans of either to check out this film.
Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were both complete and fabulous surprises when it came to their voice talent, not to mention the incredibly talented Alan Rickman in the role of Todd’s nemesis. The musical and the visual storytelling was incredible. I was especially pleased with how many male-male duets there were in this film, and how beautifully everyone blended. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard about another pairing of director Tim Burton’s bride (Carter) and Depp once again, but they were AMAZING in their roles as Todd and the nefarious Mrs. Lovett.
But a disclaimer and a warning, there is a LOT of casual blood in this film. The splatter-ridden visuals makes for a very stunning splash across the black and white palette of the background (not unlike another Depp film, Sleepy Hollow) but can be a lot to handle for a viewer who is just looking for some pretty harmonies.
If you aren’t familiar with the Sweeney Todd legend, you can check out the history in this post from 2014 when I saw an adaptation at Edinburgh Fringe Fest.