Thursday, October 5, 2017

Film Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Sophia Cynthia Cabral

Drama, horror, musical
Release date: December 21, 2007
Companies involved: DreamWorks (presents), Warner Bros. (presents), Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation (as A Parkes/MacDonald Production), Zanuck Company, The (as A Zanuck Company Production), Tim Burton Productions (uncredited)
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman
Plot: Benjamin Barker, unjustly sent to prison, escapes and returns to his old neighborhood in London to seek revenge. He meets Ms.Lovett who runs a pie shop and they agree to help each other. Based on the Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
Review: An odd couple with a very interesting association by fate, by choice perhaps? One of the films I can’t get enough of. Personally speaking, I can’t praise enough Tim Burton’s take on the musical on that touch only he can provide. The story is quite solid; the acting is impressive as one can actually see and almost feel Todd’s disgust regarding the pies. The fact that they sing the pieces themselves is one of the strongest points in my opinion, not many do. My favorite songs of the movie repertoire are “My Friends” and “The Worst Pies In London”. My favorite scene was the competence between Todd and Pirelli, where we clearly see how patience is the key to a victory; sometimes the excess of confidence marks the difference. -Sophia Cynthia Cabral

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