Sweeney Todd is bloody brilliant

The cinematography is captivating shot in a setting that has a distinct tone of muted colors which give the viewer a sense of gloom.

An adaptation from Steven Sondheim’s 1979 Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton (Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands) is fantastic and bloody brilliant.
The film takes place in nineteenth century-London, where Sweeney Todd aka, Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), seeks his revenge on Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) who viciously tore Todd and his family apart, causing his wife to poison herself and his daughter to be adopted by the judge. On his return to London from a 15-year absence, Todd meets with his former landlady, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) and he moves in upstairs, above her meat pie shop, where he practices his razor blade skills cutting the throats of his customers so when the time comes, he can cut the judge’s throat without trouble.
Director Tim Burton is a risk taker. He chooses stories that are not easy to tell and, if handled wrong could turn disastrous. He knows what he is doing. Burton carefully selects actors that he knows, including both Depp and Carter, who both have worked with him in previous films.
The cinematography is captivating shot in a setting that has a distinct tone of muted colors which give the viewer a sense of gloom. However; the blood can get to be a bit much at times simply because the red stands out through the dim tones. The acting is incredible. All actors show their range of talent. Depp shows his versatility by portraying a dark character and is able to have the audience on his side. Rickman gives a spine-chilling performance as the judge (some of the chill may have come from his character as Snape from the Harry Potter films). A surprising performance was given by Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) who plays Signor Adolfo Pirelli, a man who tries to blackmail Todd. All of the actors in the film bring outstanding perspective to their characters. And who knew they all could sing?
The movie is extremely well put together. Burton does a fabulous job of telling the fragile story in a tasteful yet chilling way.

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