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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 02:15 pm (UTC)
I think in the stage presentation, it's pretty obvious, but then I am obviously biased. I can't really tell what the average viewer will make of the movie. But when he comes to get her at Fogg's I noticed she didn't come with him right away.
Jan. 1st, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
ya, thankfully she's not presented as some hopelessly in love person.. after all her 'I don't have dreams' line definitely made her out to understand that she was a pawn in too many people's minds.