3 August 2014

Sweeny Todd

Sweeny Todd 2007
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on book:  no
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head (uncredited)
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp -  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Helena Bonham Carter – Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Absolutely Fabulous, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Conversations with Other Women, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, A Room with a View
    • Alan Rickman – Alice in Wonderland, Snow Cake, Harry Potter 1-8, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The January Man, Die Hard, Romeo and Juliet
    • Timothy Spall   The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, All or Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Sacha Baron Cohen – Les Misérables
    • Jamie Campbell Bower – Harry Potter
    • Jayne Wisener – Jane Eyre
    • Ed Sanders - Hugo
    • Anthony Head – Merlin, Dancing on the Edge, Repo the Genetic Opera, Sparkle, Little Britain, Rose and Maloney
  • Why? JD. 34st in JD Marathon
  • Seen: Three times before. Now: July 25, 2014.
It really doesn’t look like blood.  But having seen it several times I know I’m going to have to close my eyes often.
But not for awhile.  First I can admire the images of London and JD’s singing voice and tragic worn-out beauty with the white streak in his black hair and Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall’s evilness. And the wonderfully pragmatic, lovelorn, streetwise murderously dreadful Helena Bonham-Carter.
I don’t like a lot of the songs however, and the two young lovers are just too shrill and squeaky and earnest and sweet to endure really.
But it’s clever and funny. The boy Toby is a real treat, as are Rickman and Depp in their grisly duet.
As the film progresses JD’s singing grows stronger and stronger as Mr Todd grows more murderously mad and Helena Bonham Carter’s shoulder-shrugging homicidal cleverness charms us and him.  What a lovely couple they make.
And oh - ! “By the Sea!” One of the Top Ten cinematic masterpieces of all time!
It really is a most awfully gruesome film. I really don’t quite know why it ever became such a hit musical in the first place.
But oh Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter are good!  What else is there to say?

Somewhere between 2* of 5 and 7* of 5.

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