Sweeney Todd - The Demon of Barber Fleet Street is the latest
incarnation of this classic British tale that is based on the
musical by Stephen Sondheim and stars the talented Johnny Depp as
the enigmatic Benjamin Barker who returns to 19th century London
after an exile of 15 years.
Framed by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) who unjustly imprisoned Barker
and stole his wife (Laura Michelle Kelly) and daughter, Barker vows
revenge and sets his plans into motion. Taking on the name of
Sweeney Todd, Barker sets up a barber store above the pie shop run
by the strange Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) who also has
romantic intentions towards him.
Beginning his killing spree, the newly baptized Sweeney Todd murders
a rival barber (Sacha Baron Cohen) , only to cause another
predicament for our anti-hero as he is unsure of where he can
dispose of this body. Mrs Lovett comes up with the innovative idea
to dispose of the body which ironically causes her pie store to
become a popular eatery among the locals.
This film directed by Tim Burton is almost a black comedy with
elements of horror as the stars sing, dance and cut their way
through the film which contains some brilliant acting from Carter as
Mrs. Lovett and Cohen as Pirelli, not to mention Depp. All the
actors are perfectly cast and match that with quite interesting
songs and set designs, everything is quite inspirational and truly
helps immerse you into this strange, delightful and thoroughly