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Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007

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Benjamin is a barber, married to Lucy. A corrupt judge falsely accuses him of a crime and after 15 years in exile he returns to London, seeking revenge. He discovers Lucy has committed suicide and meets Mrs Lovett who has a meat pie shop. He opens a barber shop above hers and starts his revenge...

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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Musicals, Dance & Theatre, Music
Director Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Supporting actors Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders, Gracie May, Ava May, Gabriella Freeman, Jody Halse, Aron Paramor, Lee Whitlock, Nick Haverson, Mandy Holliday, Colin Higgins, John Paton, Graham Bohea
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
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Languages: Dolby Digital English 5.1, Castilian Spanish 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1, Italian 5.1, Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Complex Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.

I think it's a brilliant movie if you are open to see and hear something different from the ordinary. Tim Burton is pure genius and Johnny Depp amazing as ever!
However it may be no the best movie for people with a sensible stomach...
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors -- "at last, my arm is complete again!" Sweeney Todd exults.

Somehow it doesn't come as a shock to me that Tim Burton adapted Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- or that he somehow spun it into something so delicious. That dark, grotesque, hilariously melodramatic story is perfectly suited to Burton's style, and Johnny Depp is absolutely stunning as the titular bloody barber.

The malignant Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts after the wife of Benjamin Barker (Depp), so he convicts Barker of a crime he didn't commit, and enfolds his family into his evil hands.

But fifteen years later, the Barker returns to London and sets up a barber shop over Mrs. Lovett's ghastly meat pie store. Of course, he's enraged when he learns that his wife was raped and since poisoned herself, and that his daughter is the ward of the lecherous Judge. Enraged and maddened, Barker renames himself "Sweeney Todd" and vows revenge.

And he finds that he LOVES using his razors for a far bloodier task than shaving. With the help of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) -- who finds a thrifty use for those bodies -- Todd cuts a bloody swathe through all who have wronged him. And when his daughter is punished for refusing to marry the cruel Judge, Sweeney closes in to get his revenge at last.

There's always been a gothic look to Burton's movies, and he's always dabbled in very twisted, macabre storylines. And he really tops himself with "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- London is painted in black, white and grey, right down to the ghoulish faces of the characters, and their bleak little dens of horror.
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street could split audiences like its title character splits jugular veins. Some could embrace Tim Burton's dark vision for the material. Others could have the opinion that the film continued Burton's descent into his own increasingly narrow world view, showcasing his reliance on the same collaborators (Depp and Helena Bonham Carter) and the same type of gnarled cityscapes and murky production values.

With the potential for such sharp disagreement about the quality of the film, a person's own Burton biases may help determine his or her feelings about it. So being a fan of Tim Burton, I would fall down on the side of the fence of liking it. However even though Depp and Bonham Carter hold their own on the singing, I have never been a fan of musicals, they make me cringe and take me out of the film, I'm sure I would be of a different opinion if people broke out in song on a regular basis in real life, but they don't. The dark style of the film did help to some what temper the ridicules plot device of singing to express thoughts and feelings, but I still can't help thinking that this would have been so much of a better film if it was "normal". But what is normal when Tim Burton is concerned?

What's beyond dispute is that Burton commits to grisly violence like never before. Even in a movie in which beheadings were the standard (such as Sleepy Hollow), there was never this much blood and this many dead bodies. Like almost everything else in the film, even the blood is some shade of brown or black. It's clearly a conscious effort on Burton's part to be so unrelentingly dreary, but it may turn off viewers seeking colour, which we get only during a day at the beach for Todd and Mrs. Lovett.
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''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' tells the story of wrongfully imprisoned Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) who returns to the streets of London after 15 years as Sweeney Todd, after learning that his wife has killed herself. In hope of revenge against Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) who was responsible for his imprisonment and the suicide of his wife, Todd returns back to his home and barber shop on Fleet Street where, with the help of Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) a pie maker in the premises downstairs, Todd begins to murder his customers by slitting their throats whist they are sitting in the chair, and then sending them to the cellar where they are used for pies.

I've seen the West End show of Sweeney Todd (who was then played by Jason Donovan) and absolutely loved it, so I was familiar with the story and the songs and knew what to expect when going to see this movie adaption. The team of Burton, Depp and Bonham Carter have done it again and recreated the classic tale perfectly and kept the charm and black comedy of the stage play perfectly in the big screen version - something that raley happens in stage to screen conversions. Depp's singing abilities and London accent were surprisingly good and Burton's usual dark imagination created a believable, yet still stage-like atmosphere to the Victorian London setting.

If you are unfamiliar with the story or the play, I do warn you that this is very gory (hence the 18 certificate) and the dialogue is also mainly in song, which I can see from some reviews (not necessarily on Amazon) that this isn't to everyone's liking. I personally found it to be one of the best films I've seen in a long time and every performance from the whole cast was brilliant. Although not as good as the stage play, it has a mix of murder, music and comedy that blends together to be one of the best movie musicals I have ever seen.
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