It’s once again time for Catching Up On Cinema’s 3rd annual, “Kyle’s Killer October” event month!
This week Kyle and Trevor continue their foray into the world of horror musicals with a review of Tim Burton’s, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)!
Adapted from Steven Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s stage musical, which in turn was inspired by Penny Dreadfuls from the late1800’s, the film is a gleefully violent and twisted Gothic affair that feels well suited to the director’s stylistic tendencies.
Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and featuring Alan Rickmand and Sacha Baron Cohen in supporting roles, the film is an audio visual delight, with lovingly detailed sets and costumes doing wonders to complement the film’s bombastic score an dynamic musical numbers.
Originally conceived as a project for director Sam Mendes, and heavily condensed from it’s original stage iteration, the film utilizes the unique benefits of the cinematic medium, leveraging skillful editing and cinematography to offer a more intimate and focused version of the narrative that is wholly satisfying.
Highly recommended for fans of macabre tales and Tim Burton’s aesthetics.
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