Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

In Theatres: 
Dec 21, 2007
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 57 Minutes

This is a musical. Be sure that you are in the right theater. I say this only in regard to the fact that if the sound isn’t pitch perfect the film won’t be as grand as it could be. My theater was a bit louder then need be which accentuated the fact that Burton probably should have cast actors and actresses that have more experience with musicals.

Johnny Depp actually does a marvelous job as Sweeny Todd. Todd’s spite and contempt really translates well in his character and his singing was surprisingly good. Helena Bonham Carter turns in another dark role easily but her singing, to me at least, was off on some of her numbers, especially her first which had me cringing a bit when she hit the high notes. The stand out performances were from Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Anthony Hope. Surprisingly he has only one other project under his belt which was for television (The Dinner Party), but look for him in Guy Ritchie’s up coming film Rocknrolla with Gerard Butler (300) and possibly to play the Young Voldemort in the up coming Harry Potter sequel (rumor). Of all the performances in the film the one that takes the entire production belongs to young Ed Sanders. The kid is a fantastic actor and an excellent singer. Absolutely steals the show. This is Sanders first venture into professional acting but I have no doubts we will see him again in the future. As for the rest of the cast, I think there really wasn’t a sufficient amount of screen time for them to really create much from their characters and unfortunately their musical numbers either all sounded rushed or poorly delivered.

Overall I felt the film had a repetitiveness about it that dragged. Also I have never seen this production under any other cast or know the story but its abrupt ending was unsatisfying. There were a lot of aspects of the film that suffered for the sake of adding in to much gore and or musical numbers. An extra 10 minutes to close out the film could have made all of the differences. I have no doubt the film will find its audience but I doubt it will satisfy audience members who are not in their seats solely for name brands.

AJ Garcia
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