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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

 Grade: A-

 
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Genre: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation 
Running Time: 115 min. 
Release Date: 12/21/2007 (Wide) 

MPAA Rating: R for Graphic bloody violence.

Distributor: DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures International 

 From the dark, Gothic imagination of director Tim Burton ("Batman," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") and starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Johnny Depp ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy) comes "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a bloody tale of music, murder, melodrama, meat pies and one man's desperate desire for revenge. Arriving back in London after escaping from 15 years of false imprisonment in Australia, Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) vows to kill the evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) and his nefarious henchman Beadle Bamford (Timothy Spall), who shipped him off to the other side of the world on a trumped-up charge in order to steal his wife, Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly), and his baby daughter from him. Adopting the guise of Sweeney Todd, Barker sets up shop in his old Barber Shop above the pie-making premises of Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), who tells him that his wife poisoned herself after Judge Turpin took advantage of her. But when a rival barber, the flamboyant Italian Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen), threatens to expose Sweeney's real identity, Todd kills him by cutting his throat. Not knowing what to do with the body, Mrs. Lovett sees this crisis as a potential solution to her ailing business - and suggests using human flesh as the filling for her pies. Sweeney discovers that the Judge has turned his amorous affections towards Johanna (Jayne Wisener), Sweeney's now teenaged daughter, who has become Turpin's ward. Imprisoned in his house, Johanna is noticed one day by Anthony (Jamie Campbell Bower), a young sailor who rescued Sweeney from the sea. Hopelessly in love, Anthony vows to rescue Johanna and marry her himself. Meanwhile, Mrs. Lovett's pies soon become the talk of London , and as business booms, she dreams of respectability and a life at the seaside with Sweeney as her husband and her young charge, Pirelli's former assistant Toby (Edward Sanders), alongside as her adopted son. But Sweeney has only revenge on his mind - to the detriment of anyone or anything else.

Member Reviews

Grade: A-
12/07/2007 - Bob Stanza
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Grade: B
01/21/2008 - Lynn Reina
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I enjoyed the singing, I was pleasently surprised by everyones talent. Some of them better than others. The story as well as the scenery was very dark. I was not able to predict the story as it played out and I like that kind of surprise. I was not fooled by all the fake blood as it reminded me of a Monty Python skit. But how does one do that! I would recomend seeing it but be ready for some gore.

Grade: B+
12/31/2007 - Kathy Stanza
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