|Sweeney Todd (Ws) (2009) - Used - Dvd|
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Though some reviewers will call "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a Stephen Sondheim musical, or Tim Burton film, I won't because without Johnny Depp's highly acclaimed star personality combined with his exquisitely macabre performance, "Sweeney Todd..." would be a mediocre musical.
So let's review Johnny Depp's film. Depp leads as Benjamin Barker=Sweeney Todd. Barker was a happily married London barber who had a beautiful wife & baby daughter until Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) so coveted his wife that he had Barker imprisoned in order to steal her away from her husband.
Imagine 15 years of pent up wrath being unleashed once Barker's released from prison. Depp has a Broadway singing voice which he makes evident in the 1st scene of the film during which he tells the story of his false imprisonment.
Depp is no longer Barker when he arrives back in Victorian London, he says 'Barker's dead' but Sweeney Todd will have his revenge because his wife killed herself & his daughter is Turpin's prisoner.
In her bug-infested gothic bakery, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), who realizes Depp is Barker, combine their dark ambitions in the main master plot of the film. Todd slices the throats of men sitting in his barber's chair for a hair cut; once dead, Mrs. Lovett makes use of their remains for her meat pies! Todd wants his daughter back &, of course, to kill the Judge.
Disc 1 features the 116 min. R rated main film & a look behind the set at footage from rehearsals, recording sessions, etc....
Disc 2 has over 8 unrated special features including "Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of The Demon Barber," "The Making of Sweeney Todd," & "Sweeney's London."
I strongly recommend buying this 2 disc special edition because the 2nd disc features are as fascinating as the main film on the 1st disc~
I wasn't sure I was going to like this movie when I first watched it. I'm not that into musicals but I love Tim Burton's movies and since I love horror movies, I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did because this is truly an awesome movie.
It tells the story of a man named Benjamin Barker (played by Johnny Depp). He was a barber with a lovely wife and baby daughter who lived in London. The jealous Judge Turpin (played by Alan Rickman) arrests Barker and sends him away to a prison far away and attempts to garner Mrs. Barker's affection. Some 15 years (give or take a few years) later, Barker returns to London a changed man, donning the name of Sweeney Todd and has only one thing on his mind: revenge.
He takes the room above Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop (Mrs. Lovett being played by Helena Bonham Carter), famous for the worst pies in London. Mrs. Lovett knows who Todd is from the past and has always had a soft spot for him. Todd winds up killing a man who threatened to reveal who he once was and Mrs. Lovett comes up with an idea for getting rid of the body. She is desperate for meat to fit in her meat pies... the answer: put the murdered man into her meat pies. The pies turn out to be a big seller.
To make a long story short, Todd uses his skills as a barber to entice Judge Turpin into his shop so he could take his revenge for falsely imprisoning him for so many years.
Highlighted by a wonderful score and some rather nicely written songs and a tale of young romance in the background. It is rather bloody but as I understand it, that is how the original stage play was. The only negative comments I could make are that I don't feel Helena Bonham Carter wasn't the best singer to cast as Mrs. Lovett and the romance between Johanna and Anthony felt like a secondary story that was thrown in as an after thought.
All in all this is a great movie.
Like many DVD buyers, I saw the movie in the theater first. Watching the film on Christmas Eve with my wife, I was immediately intrigued by the combination of gorgeous, downbeat tunes, vintage color cinematography and the acting talents of Johnny Depp, Helen Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman. I knew at once that I would buy the DVD when it came out and watch it more than once. I did and I have.
Now I'm told that this was not as good as the Broadway production but I don't care. I love the slight imperfections of Depp and Carter, as they add character to their songs. The actor's playing the young man and Joanna are both perfectly cast and add strength to the ensemble and as for singing, they certainly have polish. If you haven't heard the music from this movie/musical/almost opera, you'll be pleasantly surprised IF you enjoy music in minor keys with a decidedly sad edge (sometimes harshly misanthropic!), you'll enjoy this. Pieces like "Joanna" and "Pretty Women" are both ironic and toe-tappingly good. Each piece is both beautiful and tragic, as the personality of the vengefully obsesses Sweeney Todd haunts each song with the tragic twistedness of his plots to kill the man who wronged him, and many others beside. "We All Deserve to DIe" he sings, the bad because their bad, the good because they're better off dead rather than dealing with the evil in the world.
As for the cinematography, that for me is the most fascinating. It is definitely a Tim Burton film. This shows in the coloring of everything as if there were the famous London coal-smoke in the air, lending everything a muted coloring. Helen Bonham Carter, as Mrs. Lovett, is gorgeous but haunts the mind with the dark circles around her eyes. She reminds me of a living version of the fractured and living doll who is the Jack Skellington love interest in "Nightmare Before Christmas."
I should warn you about something you've probably already been warned. There is lots of brief but horrific scenes of throats being cut by the Demon Barber. I'm not a fan of gory movies by any means. However, these were an integral part of the story, and done with the haunting music to accompany them, I was strangely fascinated.
Finally, as much as I loved this film, let me tell you my wife's reaction that fateful Christmas Eve. "That was the strangest movie I've ever seen!" She liked it, but would not watch it again. As for me, I'll be watching it over and over. Plus, I purchased the soundtrack CD, and both my daughter and I have been listening to the music in our iPods.
Tim Burton's version of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is magnificent! I have already viewed it 5 times and I know I'll be viewing it many, many more. Johnny Depp is perfection. How in the world a man can be sexy while slashing throats with a barber's razor is beyond me, but he does. He always seems to truly understand his characters and the quirkier, the better. He is so believable that its unsettling at times. Pairing him with Helena Bonham Carter is genious. They belong together! So much so, that I hope they appear in many, many more movies. Just amazing chemistry.
Alan Rickman who plays the evil Judge Turpin, sets off a series of unimaginable events when his lust for a beautiful young woman causes him to send the young husband, played by Johnny Depp, away for over a decade on false charges. This causes extreme hardship on the young family and ultimately, collapse.
I don't want to reveal too much, the story actually begins when Benjamin Bark aka Sweeney Todd returns and decides to reek his revenge on the judge who destroyed everything he ever loved.
Not since West Side Story have I truly enjoyed a musical score as much as this one. Stephen Sondheim once again brings it to the table. I am still singing the lyrics. I cannot get them out of my head.
This movie is actually based on a true story about a barber who killed many, many people and teamed up with an equally mad woman who decided to create a very unique restaurant.
This is a very bloody movie. However, it's not excessive considering the facts.
I give this the highest possible rating. I love this movie.
I first seen the movie (Nov. 2008) in standard definition without surround sound, and not within the comforts of my own home. Regardless, I knew then that this movie was was going to be among my first picks to add to my Blu Ray collection as soon as I watched it.
The film was met with some criticism for not being advertised clearly as a musical. HOWEVER, and I CANNOT stress this enough, had the film been advertised clearly as a musical, I may never have watched it. I'm not a fan of musicals by any means, as a matter of fact I try and avoid them. So it was a great surprise to me when I learned (about 15-20 minutes into the film) that Sweeney Todd was a full on musical.
Keeping in mind what I said above, I loved this movie. Not only does Johnny Depp play his role as Sweeney perfectly, but he even manages to hold his own while singing as well. I found myself wanting to listen to Depp sing "My Friends" several times... Enough times so that I've seen the film enough times to remember the lyrics to my favorite songs.
Granted that I do not watch musicals, this may or may not be for those of you who do. Why? Simply because I do not like musicals but found myself compelled to watch this film several times. Also granted that I do not watch musicals, it may be that Depp will not stand up to your expectations if you are keen on the genre.
I think anyone who hasn't at least rented this film is missing out on a great movie. So do yourself a favor if you haven't already seen it and go rent it.
Now I mentioned Sweeney Todd was among my first picks to add to my Blu Ray collection. These are the other films also in that category: Transformers, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Batman Begins.
Each of the films that are in my collection rank a 9 or higher (including Sweeney Todd) overall to me. Also, Sweeney Todd comes in easily in my top 5 favorite Blu Ray movies. My top five Blu Rays picks are currently:
Transformers 9.75/10 (#1)
Can't give Transformers a perfect 10 because some of the lore to the Transformers characters was either off or completely disregarded all together. Overall an excellent movie experience on Blu Ray with surround sound.
The Dark Knight 9.75/10 (#2)
The Dark Knight was a great movie, and Heath Ledger played the role of The Joker perfectly. Had I been posting this before I'd just finished watching Transformers again for the 3rd time... I would have chosen The Dark Knight. However, the film overall is just not as entertaining as Transformers was to me, even though it is a great movie. (PS, I've seen The Dark Knight more times than Transformers -- I watched it 3 times in the theater alone -- so don't think it's because I haven't seen the film enough)
Sweeney Todd 9.5/10 #3
HOW did I miss this film back in 2007!? Big mistake on my part! While the above two films are both excellent choices, making Sweeney Todd my #3 almost feels a crime. It's the only movie, that I know of, that I watched once through almost every evening for a week. That was also BEFORE I purchased it on Blu Ray. Now that I actually own the film... I will be able to enjoy it in High Definition with surround sound!
Iron Man 9.5/10 #4
Easily the 2nd best movie of 2008, with Dark Knight being the 1st. Has a little bit of action/entertainment for the whole family. I was however a little disappointed with the villain for the film however. Overall, a great movie to pick up on Blu Ray.
Batman Begins 9.0/10 #5
A great movie, just not quiet as good as the above.