Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Another perfectly creepy film from Tim Burton has Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd in the movie that was adapted from the bloodiest musical ever to hit the stages. This is no jolly romp through a meadow and if you have wondered how far Burton can push the dark, twisted worlds that he creates, then you should see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to see the edge of darkness full of mayhem, bloody meat pies, and even heartbreak.

 

There is no expectation of a happy ending with this film and what makes it even better is the mixed ending that is what must happen. Featuring incredible acting from Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, and Helena Bonham Carter throughout the dark shadows of the movie that allows Burton to portray the London poor of the 19th century in a new and inventive way.

 

The worst you have ever heard of Calcutta would be a huge improvement on what the London poverty of those days really was. The life force of the movie is incredibly strong and the heroes are actually more of anti-heroes along with vile and wretched villains that really don't have a heart. The reason we find ourselves lost in such a gory and dark story is the acting. It is so good that it draws us in with a great deal of humor, imagination, and the movie is truly better than a hot meat pie made from your dad.

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a story of a barber named Benjamin Barker (Depp), his young wife, and child. He loved them and they were a great family until the horrid Judge Turpin (Rickman) sends Barker to Australia on trumped-up charges. He also captures his wife and child only to ravish the wife and destroy her life completely. The young child, Johanna (Jayne Wisner) grows up only to become the Judge's prisoner.

 

Benjamin escapes from prison in Australia and sails back to London with Anthony Hope (Jamie Campbell Bower). He arrives at his former barbershop only to find out from his former landlady what happened to his family. He changes his name to Sweeney Todd and opens a business in his former shop upstairs.

 

This is where the movie takes a turn for gory in a way you can only experience by watching the movie. His landlady was already known for making the worst meat pies in London, but it gets even worse. This is no happy tale with large groups of dancers in the London streets like "Oliver!' or "The Newsies". Instead it is a magnificently dark portrayal of one man's rage and revenge.

 

If you are looking for a happy ending and a bright fairytale world, then this is not the movie for you. However, if you love the dark and drab worlds that Tim Burton is famous for creating, then you should certainly discover Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and revel in one of the darkest and bloodiest movies Burton has ever put out to the general public.

   

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Official Trailer

 
 

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