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Quick Sweeney Todd Review

- credit sequence
+ Johnny Depp can sing
- but they had to transpose everything up an octave, which loses the impact of the basso
- don't even get me started about H B-C
+ kid who played Toby ruled
+ scenes that were cut made sense
+ thus the plot held together nicely
- Burtonized, it's too straight-up gothy
+ creepiness of judge well established
+ orchestral score preserved excellently
- no sharp terrifying whistle
+ i still laughed out loud at "A Little Priest"
- too many close-ups and scenes of people's reflection in a knife and blurry faces
- no "Parlor Songs"
+ the dialog that was added fit right in and was hilarious
- no seriously, Helena was miscast
+ "By the Sea"

So that's 9+ and 8-, overall a win.

Overall worth seeing but PLEASE if you like it, rent this version from Netflix and see Mrs. Lovett as I think she was meant to be portrayed.

Three bells today in the tower of Bray!!



Dec. 31st, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Hrm. Given that Helena was my favorite thing about the movie, that doesn't bode well for a stage production for me. But then, given that I walked away from the movie (liking it, mind you) not liking the music one iota, I have zilch desire to see a stage production, really -- the music gave me a whopper of a headache. I like the lyrics just fine; as I told another Todd fan: they're clever by half, but I find the music itself annoying (not the melodies, so much, but the instrumention and the actual performance -- overbearing and loud on too many of the songs, to my tastes; where the singers were simply allowed to shine, I was okay, particularly the duets, but once the brass started to swell....).
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
The music is really jarring. I am not totally familiar with Sondheim but I think it just means you won't be a big Sondheim fan. I actually kind of didn't like Into the Woods for similar reasons. The music is designed, I think, to be incredibly unnerving and bring in dissonance and dynamics to align with the story and disturb you along with the plot. The first time I watched the stage version I linked to, I didn't like the music that much either... then later I found myself humming it... then I just liked it more and more. That's just a matter of different tastes.
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree with you that Sondheim's probably not for me. I like the cleverness of "Into the Woods," but the music is a non-entity to me (I don't remember a single song from it, only the line "I was raised to be charming, not sincere.") And I absolutely /hated/ "Assassins." I've been told I might like "Sunday in the Park with George," but I haven't tried that yet....