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Sweeney Todd--Disney Wrassler's Blog Review

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by , 05-17-2008 at 07:05 PM
I know this is not a new feature on MiceChat, but with all the new stuff being added to the site, I decided it may be interesting to take a step in a new direction.

I am going to start blogging here as well :).

This is my first blog on MiceSpace so I am going to do it on a movie I really enjoy, Sweeney Todd.

I have not seen any of the Broadway shows and did not know anything about the story before watching the film. I just knew it was a musical about a Demon Barber and it had elements of folklore. I am a person who is VERY fascinated with folklore, so this was right up my alley.

To give a quick summary, It is about a man named Benjamin Barker. Barker was a young barber who lived with his family, and ran his barber shop, on the second story, above Mrs. Lovett's meat pie bakery. He was then thrown into prison by Judge Turpin for no good reason. This was all part of Turpin's plan to get to his wife, Lucy Barker. But as the years past, Turpin began to fall more inlove with Benjamin and Lucy's daughter, Johanna. Turpin then began to hold Johanna captive in his house. Soon, Benjamin Barker broke out of prison and was saved at sea by Anthony Hope. When Hope found him stranded in the ocean, the man was no longer Benjamin Barker, he had transformed himself into Sweeney Todd. Todd then moved back into the second story of Mrs. Lovett's meat pie bakery and re-established his duty as Barber.

But this time he was out for revenge against the upper class, and all those who trample the lower class workers. In specific, he was after Judge Turpin.

The story demonstrates that revenge and hatred can blind humans and may cause us to make irrational decisions.

To find out the rest of the story, you should watch the movie and/or learn more about the broadway musical.

The story was confusing at first, but after watching it a few times, I understood everything that was going on. I really enjoyed the cast.

Some say Johnny Depp is a horrible singer, others say he is a great one. I guess that's also another beauty about the movie, the diverse opinions everyone shares in regards to the talent.

Personally, I think Johnny did a great job as Todd. For someone who lacks in singing experience, he sure did a better job than I would have when it came to his performances.

I also became a fan of Timothy Spall. I LOVED Tim's performance as the corrupt, perverted, arrogant church Beadle, Beadle Bamford. He played the part so well. I am not much into Harry Potter, but from what I heard, he stars in some of those films as well.

It seems that many people in the Sweeney Todd film have played roles in the Harry Potter films as well. What's up with that :lol:.

But I guess that's a good thing because it means that it made it only easier for them to adapt to the acting styles of their fellow cast members.

But I will admit, I also became a fan of the newcomers: Jamie Campbell Bower (Anthony Hope), Jayne Wisener (Johanna Barker), Laura Michelle Kelly (Lucy Barker), and especially Edward Sanders (Tobias Ragg).

They all have tremendous singing voices. But let me tell you something. For a 15 year old boy, Ed Sanders has a WONDERFUL singing voice! If you have not seen the film, I seriously encourage you to atleast hear his performance of the beautiful song, [I]Not While I'm Around[/I]. Best performance in the whole movie, no questions asked in my opinion. The song plays into a sub-story of the film, which has little to do with blood, and a lot to do with caring for one another.

Toby began to love Mrs. Lovett and saw her as the mother he never had. So when he sang [I]Not While I'm around[/I] to her, it was very touching and a very heart felt. I mean, I know this may sound corny, but I love songs that encourage us to love and protect one another, especially since we live in a world savaged by wars and fighting.

I do believe Ed stole the show with his performance as Toby, the little orphan boy who worked a hard life in the factories and was taken and abused by a con man named Signor Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen). Edward brought a sense of intelligence, innocence and compassion to the character. He gave the character moral values and the ability to love those around him.

I don't think this is the last time we will be seeing, or hearing, from Ed, Jaime, Laura, and Jayne.

They are all incredible young actors who will go far in my opinion.

I do recommend this film, and this recommendation is coming from someone who is not a fan of gore or musicals. But Sweeney is different. The music is beautiful, the actors did a great job, and I just love rewatching it and listening to the movie soundtrack.

What are your thoughts on the film?

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  1. Disney Wrassler's Avatar
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    I think you guys/gals are missing out if you haven't seen this film.
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    I really love Sweeney Todd as well. Not just the movie, but the stage production as well. There is a video of the Angela Lansbury stage version available on DVD that you should give a chance as well.
  3. Disney Wrassler's Avatar
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    I really do want to see that version Dusty. After I get my car fixed next week, I plan on ordering it on Amazon. i believe I saw it being sold there.
  4. Lost Boy's Avatar
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    Very good first post DW and you already know that I love this movie as much as you do for all the same reasons. We have discussed it through PM's a lot but this is a nice blog and I hope more people are able to read it now that the problem with your link seems to be fixed.
  5. Disney Wrassler's Avatar
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    I forgot to make this blog viewable for the public . I fixed that this morning and hope to see what others thought about this movie .

    Dusty, I do plan on buying that DVD, probably friday. I am really interested in seeing that version with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn.

    I know Mrs. Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, but I have not seen her as Mrs. Lovett yet. I really want to see this one .
  6. krystledm's Avatar
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    Spall has played or is going to play the same character multiple times...

    Bamford, Peter Pettigrew, and don't forget Nathanial in's almost crazy

    And what's even funnier is, he seems like a nice guy when he does interviews, he just get's typecasted over and over

    Then again i guess it's the same with Alan Rickman...
  7. Disney Wrassler's Avatar
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    Spall seems to like it that way though. He even joked about that in the Sweeney Todd Press Conference that was included on the Sweeney Todd Two-Disc DVD. .