Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is originally a Broadway musical play by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The film adaptation is directed by the acclaimed director Tim Burton and stars Burton’s favorite actor Johnny Depp as the main character Sweeney Todd, an unfortunate barber who was sentenced to life by the false charge because the lustful judge wanted to take away his wife. He escaped 15 years later and went back to London for a revenge, beginning the story of murder and meat pies which you would never want to taste.
This is a very interesting musical film, with murder and revenge as the main theme. The mixture of comedy and drama as well as the music and the songs in the film turn out to be entertaining. Johnny Depp’s proved his veteran acting skill and his amazing voice performing most of the songs in the film. His collaboration with Tim Burton proved to be no failure. All the main characters also delivered powerful and enjoyable musical sequences which unexpectedly went well with the theme of the film. It’s a surprise to see a bloody film with characters expressing their feeling through musical acts.
The film also received two Golden Globe awards from the total of 4 nominations. The two trophies went to the film itself as it was named the Best Movie in Musical or Comedy category and Johnny Depp who has been nominated 7 times in the past since 1990 but has just won the award for the first time this year in his 8th nomination for the Golden Globes. Unfortunately, due to the Writer’s strike, Johnny Depp didn’t have a chance to walk on the red carpet and give an acceptance speech on the stage as there was no official Golden Globe ceremony this year.
5 Stars out of 5 – the film dares to make a different by presenting a bloody revenge story with an impressive musical sequences. Please be aware that the film contained some unpleasant scenes with lot of blood. If you could stand those bloody violences, the film is highly recommended.