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24 November 2007

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At Last My Arm is Complete

Sometimes dreams do come true, even dreams you didn’t know you had. Which is to say: they’re making a movie out of Sweeney Todd!

Sweeney Toddy: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the story of a London barber who, wrongly exiled by a judge who sought to steal away his wife, returns to exact his bloody revenge. It is also, in my humble opinion, the best musical ever written. My certitude in this matter is not in any way compromised by the fact that I’ve never actually seen the play — I’ve listened to the soundtrack about a billion times, enough to wear little digital holes in the mp3s, so I’m pretty sure about this. The music, the lyrics, the story, the twisted, macabre humor: it really doesn’t get much better.

And the movie seems to have a lot going for it. Johnny Depp as Sweeney is an inspired choice, Helena Bonham Carter is a really fantastic, versatile actress who’ll do wonders with Mrs Lovett — and I can’t think of a better director than Tim Burton for this play’s mixture of whimsy and menace.1

I am, of course, setting myself up for a crushing disappointment. I can only remember three times in the past decade where I’ve been this excited about a movie: (1) The Fellowship of the Ring, (2) The Matrix: Reloaded, and (3) Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace. Fellowship more than lived up to my expectations — but the second Matrix and the fourth Star Wars damaged me in ways from which I will not soon recover.

So I’m keenly aware of the danger here. But, seriously, the previews look great, and Depp’s singing voice — while not the deep baritone I’m used to in a Sweeney — seems more than adequate. I’m hopeful. I’m confident.

But please don’t suck, Sweeney Todd. I beg of you.


  1. Although the memory of Burton’s mangled, unwatchable version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does give one pause. 


2 Comments

Posted by
Desirina
26 November 2007 @ 10am

I am so excited too! I have seen the play and I loved it. It’s so witty and surreal and dark. I have always wanted to see it again. I really hope they keep all the songs in the movie, or at least some of them.


Posted by
Marta
14 February 2008 @ 4pm

The movie is just amazing …

I’ve always love the story and the musical but the movie is really great !

Depp is one of a hell artist and Tim Burton never disappoints ! :)


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