I went to my local googylplex last night. Snapper fixed me up with some tickets (cheers buddy) and we watched a fine Digital print of this new title from the partnership that is Depp and Burton. And I was not disappointed.
Now, I'm probably not the best to be doing this review, as I'm a big Burton-Depp fan, going back to Edward Scissorhands. These two appear to be able to do no wrong. But there is always this dread, that one day they are going to make a sheer-stinker. And the infatuation is broken. But until that moment, they still churn out the beauties. And here's another one...
I"d just like to point out at this point, that the most annoying aspect of this movie is constantly having to hear how Helena Bonham Carter had to audition for this part. Who really gives a shit? Burton has been casting his love interest for years. It's Carter now, but it was Lisa Marie in the past. No one really cares, especially when the onscreen chemistry between Depp and Carter is so fantastic. Stop going on about it...!!
Now the story - the bare bones, at the very least - we are all aware of. Sweeney Todd kills people in his barber's chair with a cut-throat razor, to have them disposed of by Mrs Lovett, the pie shop owner who minces the bodies and makes pies out of them.
But this version is so good... It's basically a 'Nightmare Before Christmas" for adults. As this is a fantastic musical, filled with gore aplenty. And seriously, there will be blood...
To see Johnny Depp singing on the screen in just great fun - I'm led to believe he even didn't know he could sing at the time he was cast. He pulls the whole thing off with a singing voice that is a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow and David Bowie. Depp has also managed to create another great option for a Halloween costume, with a Mrs Lovett companion.
But the really shining point of this film is the brief but dramatic/comedic turn from Sacha Baron Cohen, as Adolfo Pirelli a rival barber. Cohen puts on a great show, even if it is all too brief. But he is both funny and dramatic both at the same time.
A great film, and a must for all Depp-Burton fans... Watch it, now.