Two weeks ago hubby55 and son went to Rocky Horror Picture Show and received Advanced Screening tickets for Sweeney Todd for Tuesday, December 4, 2007. They were warned in advance to arrive early as seating would be limited and that more tickets would be given away than seats.
The movie was to start at 7:00 so we arrived at the theater at 4:00 and we were about the 20th people in line but since many of the people ahead of us were holding spots in line for others by the time they let us in we were about 50 people deep. I am glad we did arrive when we did because many people were turned away from seeing it.
I had never seen or really knew anything about Sweeney Todd other than it was a Broadway Musical so I came in with completely fresh eyes. To summarize it is a about a barber whose life had been destroyed 15 years earlier by another man who wanted his beautiful wife. He comes back to London to Fleet Street where he used to live which now has a meat pie maker business that is failing. These two come together, he for vengeance and the pie maker for his love and for the business. The barber is now crazy and the pie maker is not all there either.
Johnny Depp plays Sweeney Todd and while onscreen you cannot take your eyes off of him. He is riveting and memorizing as the crazy barber. He made me feel sorry for him while at the same time he was doing heinous things. You can easily get caught up by his anger and yet at the same time he has a very unique comedic approach to some portions where the audience just laughed at parts that were rather bloody. His singing was good although I would not have thought of him as a singer.
Helena Bonham Carter is Mrs. Lovett the pie maker. Many of her prior films she has bugged me for some odd reason but not this time. She was great, her love for Sweeney was perfect while still showing a tad bit of insanity on her part.
Other members of the cast were also outstanding, although Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Anthony Hope reminded me of Hilary Swank.
I loved the movie. Although I usually like Tim Burtonís movies they are usually a one time thing for me and then grow on me later. This movie is a great from the get go. It definitely has repeat viewing potential as I heard most of the audience say that they would definitely be seeing it again when it comes out in general release. This movie can easily be called a musical, drama, comedy, love story, and slasher movie. Two of my favorite scenes also happened to be some of the other audience members which includes the second set of scenes with Sacha Baron Cohen and the beach scene. It is very bloody and I did cringe a lot as I do not like bloody/scary movies but for this movie it works.
I think it will be the hit of the year.
I asked my 18 year old son to write a review and this is what he gave me:
Sweeney Todd is by far the best movie to come to the big screen in 2007. In my opinion this movie was and is Tim Burton's greatest achievement in his career and that is saying a lot. The movie captivated me and took me along on its magical ride. After you see it you will want to go back and watch it again, it is just that good.
I love musicals. I love Tim Burton movies. I love dark themed stories
with macabre humor and tragic twists. Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd has
it all. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are fantastic as is
the entire cast. I will unquestionably go see this again and then buy the DVD when it becomes available.
Some swag that was given out included this postcard.
Plus we got some posters and stickers.