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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street December 28, 2007
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Studio: DreamWorks
Rating: R for graphic, bloody violence.

A man wrongfully punished and sent to prison returns vowing to never forget...or forgive.

Pull up a chair and have a seat for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street." Johnny Depp stars as the title character in the Tim Burton musical.

This film marks the sixth time the duo has teamed up and its very clear they are made for each other.

Depp's singular talent meshes very well with Burton's unique vision and here they create a spectacle of violence and revenge.

Wrongfully sent to prison by corrupt Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), Todd escapes and travels back to London to dispose of his nemesis.

Adopting a new identity and open for business above Mrs. Lovett's (Helena Bonham Carter) run-down pie shop, Todd starts cutting his way toward the judge and his evil henchman.

However there are more than a few obstacles in Todd's way, including a rival barber named Signor Adolfo Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen).

Adapted from Stephen Sondheim's very successful Broadway musical, this version of "Sweeney Todd" is satisfying. Depp once again proves he may be the best actor working today. And he displays a singing talent we haven't heard before. Bonham Carter's Mrs. Lovett is a great partner in crime and Rickman is perfect as the villainous judge who desires Sweeney's young and beautiful wife and eventually even his daughter.

Todd makes no apologies as he slashes his way toward a date with destiny.

This is a very good film, but more than a little bloody. Okay, it's a lot bloody! It is violent but the violence has a point. The songs add to the mood and the performances and pictures are dead on. For a color movie it feels an awfully lot like an old fashioned black and white classic.

On my rating scale, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" hits a Home Run. It's one of the best movies of the year with Depp deserving of an Oscar nomination.


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