Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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7.31 h 56 min2007X-RayR
Based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.
Directors
Tim Burton
Starring
Johnny DeppHelena Bonham CarterAlan Rickman
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HorrorDrama
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Timothy SpallSacha Baron Cohen
Producers
Richard D. ZanuckWalter ParkesLaurie MacDonaldJohn LoganPatrick McCormick
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Critically Acclaimed
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R (Restricted)
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Violencefoul language
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not very good
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Not family friendly due to excessive violence and gore.
I didn’t find hardly anything to like in “Sweeney Todd”. The two stars, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp did well, as you’d expect, but maybe too well. And I never got the point. Is it just about revenge? Then why all the gore? What was with the makeup? I didn’t get the point of making Carter’s and Depp’s characters go progressively more bizarre and scarecrow looking as the story progressed. I apologize for this up front, but I do love musicals and this one was the worst I ever saw – the music was just awful and neither Carter nor Depp could carry a tune in a bucket. Apparently. a lot of people liked it, and you may, too, but I didn’t. It had no redeeming values, so I don’t recommend it at all.
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Frank BaranskyReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dinner Music Reimagined
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Welcome to another excursion into the perpetual Halloween of Tim Burton. You might say that "Sweeney Todd" is a Sondheim operetta from the dark side, though not without its gothic comic relief. There are plenty of memorable melodies throughout and the cast provides a satisfying delivery in spite of the fact that their careers are not in music. Burton sets the mood with his cinematic palette----from the sooty blacks and grays of London and its inhabitants to the glistening crimson of the demon barber's unfortunate "clients". "Sweeney Todd" conjures up a Dickensian tale, cast as it is with Victorian scoundrels, innocents and comics, though populated by considerably less characters. But unlike Dickens, there's no redemption to be had at the end. When it's all over "Sweeney Todd" is a memo from the brothers Grimm that even more so than the world, the dark corners of the human heart can be a dangerous place.
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The Tally HoReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Review without Spoilers - Pros & Cons
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) is a musical period slasher film directed by Tim Burton. The film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, & Sacha Baron Cohen. Here are the pros & cons of this film as I see it, I hope this helps you.
Pros:
1. Helena Bonham Carter steals the show & does an excellent job with her part
2. Alan Rickman also does an excellent job with his part
3. The costumes & sets are grand
4. Overall, nice cinematography
5. An overall enjoyable musical film
Cons:
1. The computer graphics & effects were really unnecessary & took away from the film, as they were obvious computer graphics, using the sets, camera angles, & more traditional special effects would have generated a better feel
2. Johnny Depp was not the best fit for a musical
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TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
An Entertaining Tim Burton Movie- with Johnny and Helena
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If you liked Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and you liked Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you'll like his Sweeney Todd. Same style-filming, same dark-but-still-entertaining style, and the same two great actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. And this one's a musical, and he pulls it off too.

The story is interesting and moves along at a good pace. And Sweeney Todd's London is the same London as Jack The Ripper's- dark, dank, dirty, filled with rough people. None of that Mary Poppins London stuff. And you get the extra treat of Johnny and Helena singing. It's a musical, after all. A dark musical, but a musical nonetheless.

Sweeney Todd has been done before - it's someone else's work - so Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd is not ground breaking or revolutionary. And he uses the same style as his other movies. So this movie isn't four-or-five star material. But it's definitely not in the one-or-two star category. So I give it a solid three. You won't regret watching it.
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Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Strange
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Here is an example of a review where i surely hope I missed something, that I am wrong... because if this is a great movie, we are all living in pure hell... Really not a whole lot worth seeing here in this one. Stop reading if you love Sondheim or Depp...please don't believe me, save yourself the time! I am going to surprise a lot of folks by saying that I think Steven Sondheim is far over rated. Really. Yep. And maybe Johnny Depp is purely a joke as well... Sorry! I have been wondering , for years, why Johnny Depp seems so embarrassed in every interview...could be he is simply worried he will be found out..Nobody home, fake ... I wrote that, and it's truly my view. Like I said... I hope I am wrong...I hope I missed something!... Don't believe me! ... but..anyway...I do not think Sondheim is a "genius"...far from it... basically a pretender too... I suggest that NONE of Sondheim's GREAT WORKS will stand the test of time... His "lyrics" or "composing" will NOT stand the test of time according to me. If you know anything about this movie, you know what it is REALLY about "justifying pure heartless murder" ... and I wonder, why DO WE watch such a farce? How did it happen that so many lousy songs, with lousy lyric and just NO MELODIC value, alongside a story depicting pure evil could create a "sensation"? In a long shot to find a decent depiction of a deeper story, I finally relented from a long standing refusal to ever watch "Sweeney Todd" ... Before this film left the provider, with 24 hours left, I decided to finally watch the film 30 years after it was made... big mistake...it is exactly what I thought it always was... A film about murder, written acted, composed by fake people who love your money who will never know any such reality, but love to encourage audience members to fantasize about such things, if it will build their bank account... funny stuff... no redeeming value... pure tragedy...... My back story is simple, I have been a lifelong composer and songwriter, perhaps it is a matter of taste or perhaps not, but had I lived in New York and competed with Sondheim he wouldn't have survived...I chose not to do meaningless baloney... just my opinion... Anyway... That aside; just what is memorable about most Sondheim songs, reallY? Yeah, a broken clock is right twice a day... That's Sondheim... every so often he writes an odd ditty that we "sorta love"... but I suggest none of them will last... just my opinion... AND RIGHT NOW less than a quarter mile from where I currently sit; we have our "convention and arts center", named the "Sondheim" Center... I have been told that it cost several million dollars for the rights to name the place "Sondheim"... but...why? So what? As far as this movie version of a "successful" Broadway play..again, so what? It's intriguing that a "musical" such as Sweeney Todd ever made it to the stage... Evidence that bored "elite", privileged/cowardly people with a sense of entitlement really are grabbing at straws needing stimulation, searching to find an "echo' of the real world they will never embrace, OR WAS THIS CREATED TO KEEP THE SERVANTS HAPPY? in other words what I am saying is that for a play such as this with a story such as this to "survive" opening night, it has to be embraced by backers, by a cross section of "approving" wealthy", or it never gets past one week...IT HAS TO BE APPROVED AND SEEN AS A MONEY MAKING INVESTMENT, and then somehow to be presented to the low-life ignorant public (where I reside) , to the "real" people (servants) as entertainment, it first must be approved by the backers... my suggestion is the "success" of Steven Sondheim is a dance with the backers. ($).. something to help keep the real hard working public asleep, or distracted ($)... or in fear... or imagining fantasy, rather than actually fixing this upside down world. This movie, built on a stage play that does just that; offers nothing, but keeps you distracted and "pleased", asleep and afraid, ENTERTAINED, perhaps imagining revenge in a darkened theater, just enough release that you will "behave", go home wake up and get back to work... Just seems to me this is a perfect example of how we all got here and why it's going off the cliff as we speak... Proppd up celebrated "geniuses" who please the investors and find representatives who can "pretend" to be real, for the purpose of keeping the public "entertained" and asleep... yep I said it... WHY DOES THIS TRASH EXIST? goofy baloney like this, taking up all our time, never getting us to a better daily reality, while the "backers" and Sondheim laugh and dance and cash the checks, fill their bank accounts and while we dig their ditches and mow their lawns and cook their meals... keep it in the movies, keep it in the theaters, stay asleep! ... ... Seems to me Sondheim served the purpose of presenting junk, got awards for doing so, made money in a highly competitive realm simply because the backers approved...this is good! Well... it's a movie/play about a serial killer folks... and Johnny Depp gradually breaking down in real life because he went for the gold too. ... just my opinion... goofy... seems to me that high-brow society went for the shock value... and ever since DAY ONE we have been cursed with having themes, stories, plays, films songs exist as a BIG HITS! /"5 star films"... what a joke... but I am nearly halfway in this movie and I already had enough... Where is the story? Ok, so a barber kills, kills, kills... but we are told that he is doing so, for a reason. having lost the love of his life, ...taking revenge... Ok, so, if you talk to most killers I am guessing that the premeditated killings are ALL primarily the same excuse/for the same reason... SICK.. We are sick... WHAT? We celebrate this in theater? Wow... makes no sense to me... According to the story there was once a deep love experienced by the lead character, and that was taken from him...AND in fact, Any TRULY living human knows that TRUE love changes you forever, always does...and losing such a beautiful thing will also drive you mad SOMETIMES... yes... you surely do not walk around coherent after such a loss, unless you find a way to heal...You do not return coherent and able-bodied unless you do so, ever, or find a way to even be stable for a long time... yes, bitterness sets in, IF YOU DO NOT HEAL, or you find yourself in a ditch...and yes sometimes a human loses their grip and horrible things can occur...but somewhere in that process there is also residual beauty, SOME REMINDERS OF THAT DEEPLY EXPERIENCED LOVE, even if ONLY in dark echo reflection...It still SOMEHOW shines through... we see here, nothing of the sort, not one ray of light... the guy is just insane, and probably never actually touched by love...And we are to believe that after all this killing he will be anything good to know, a human who deserves to walk among the other humans? REALLY? Sondheim exposes himself completely with this one... Anyone going along with such a goofy fantasy has to be insane as well... or simply greedy, or desperate... Is this the ruth of Sondheim? Didn't he help purvey sorrow upon us? Sweeney Dodd; just a serial killer, handsome and deludes the viewers into thinking "you can be a beautiful revenge taker if you were a star too", I know I have presented a weird simplified idea of what this movie is, but I suggest my over simplification has just a tiny little bit of merit...have you ever asked yourself, "why do we slow down to watch a train wreck, to see the bodies laying on the highway"? It's a good question to ask yourself... Far better, "why don't you jump in and save a life"? That's a good question... and NOWadays; "Why film it and post it rather than help do CPR"? where are the risk takers for the GOOD, where are the heroes? Where are the TRUE STORIES ABOUT LFE-SAVERS, HEROES? We are a sick version of humanity where all the TRUE STORES about the heroes we stand upon (we wouldn't be alive today without those heroes among us) and THESE KINDS of films like this, created by whimpy "creative" genius/cowards(?) helped bring us here/sealed the deal...Thanks Sondheim! Back to this "movie" ; so...Sweeney returns COHERENT and there is no evidence that ANY LOVE EVER occurred...it's a rather tasteless shallow depiction of "LOVE" that is reflected upon and in fact, this PLAY/Movie is JUST a story about basically a serial killer... fine...but why are people watching it? SO, Why did Sondheim make a theater production about murder, write sing-songy tasteless melodies that are forgettable and why then celebrated as the maker, as a genius? (Hint; $)...It's a sort of grifting...the high brow investors backed it... AND NOW we find it on streaming platforms... what a really goofy reality this is...So...anyway.. if love ever existed between the main character and his lost love, then where is there evidence of it... instead, nothing of the sort appears to be the REAL reason "why all the killing", why all the awards, why all the celebration? .. and if it is part of the story, where is it in the story? Where...nothing seems to have been shown... so... why are we paying money to see it? Yes... we are that bored... Lousy "composing" ...In fact; Songwriting is actually EASY, any child can write a song... I suggest any child can write songs more memorable and meaningful than the best Sondheim ... I am serious... And story? Same thing goes for a story... Ask any 5 your old child to tell a story about their pets, or friends or cartoon characters and I suggest they will tell a better deeper story...yep... I said that... Well, where is a story we can believe in??? certainly not here... Have we fallen so far as a society that we are so hungry for something REAL, that we reward such trivial ideas as genius? So... I decided to finally watch Sweeney Todd, I haven't wanted to forever, EVER... never was interested... But a day or two ago Sondheim dies and I thought "maybe I was wrong"... Tonight I gave it a chance... I am so glad I woke up and realized I was right all these years...Stopped the movie... this movie is junk... Stupid, worthless... So...as a society, why do we reward makers of trash such as this? WHO will pay to watch killing killing killing with singing alongside of it? Why? Makes no sense to me...
Inquiring MindsReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing but a POS - that's the best we can say folks... (Positively Out of Sanity)...
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All the "S" words are best way to describe this trash and Super aint one of them... Nothing but garbage and worst waste of time and money you get from this very vulgar, offensive load of the "M" word - you can guess that one for yourself. How this dude ever made it beyond this vile junk to rise to stardom is beyond any thinking persons rationale. BUT he did it anyway - just remember the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. Definitely a long way from "Alice in Wonderland". This aint no academy ward material that's for sure... Now you get to see a glimpse of the dark side of "Hollywood" for yourself. If this is quality acting then we need to scrap the whole idea and go back to community service for the writers of this script... Just telling it like it is - no P.C. here - just an in depth review of state of the art activity in Tinsel town...
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PSReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Light hearted rom-com
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If your mother was Morticia Addams. Dark, literally dark, filmed in very greyed shadowed stylized cinematography.
Not suitable for children of any age, very graphic carnage, set to melodic lyrics. Visually stimulating instances of intense drama, tension, between the most unlikable charters.
The gothic nature of the story line is both predictable, at worst during the climax of the movie pedantic. if not derivative.
As musical, it stands out, all the are performances are vital and engaging, this more then saves the film.
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William R. RayReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Perhaps the most unique film you'll everwatch. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are delightful ...
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Perhaps the most unique film you'll ever watch.

Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are delightful and wickedly evil in this screen version of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical of the same name. Both actors sang their own roles which made this rather rigid musical very watchable. Director Tim Burton recreates early 19th century London with amazing detail. The supporting cast of Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jayne Wisener are wonderfully woven into the film fabric and round out the story. Bravo to all for not only bringing their characters to life but for singing the musical as well. I was very surprised by the talent on display.

This is a pretty grisly horror film which makes it rather unique among musicals. But. what the heck, it's great fun and I'll watch it again several times. Tim Burton has done a masterful job with this one.

DVD transfer is very good to excellent. Color
Recommended for those 16 and above. Not for family viewing.
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