Year of Release: 2007
Director: Tim Burton
Approx. Running Time: 116 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A WORK OF EXTREME GENIUS."
-A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Set in an imaginative world that only Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could capture, Sweeney Todd has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences everywhere. Supported by a stellar cast including Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, Depp's "spellbinding" (NY Magazine) performance as Sweeney brilliantly elevates Burton's dark vision of a wronged man obsessed with revenge. Sweeney Todd is "mighty entertainment" (NY Post) that will win your heart with a vengeance.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. I love Johnny Depp. I love Tim Burton. BUT I HATE MUSICALS. The characters were interesting, the story was good, the cinematography and costume design left nothing to be desired, but damned if they didn't break out in song every other time they had something to say. I know that songs are the essence of musicals, but I've seen many that allowed for at least the occasional bit of actual dialogue that lasted more than a second or two.
I'm just glad I didn't shell out the extra bucks for the special edition of this one.
Rated R (MPAA)
2007 (Year Of Release)