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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!!

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editgrrl
Dec. 31st, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I saw it this afternoon. I haven't seen the stage show, and I have an undying (heh) love for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, and some love for HBC, so I liked it. As much as I love Alan Rickman and he was damn creepy, I've seen too many HP films darn it. And I know he can act and is awesome. I haven't seen Timothy Sprall in anything but S Todd and HP tho, so sadly I thought hey, change into a mouse will ya? I am so ashamed. *hangs head* I think I'll try renting your version just to see another take on a film I did like.

The film really made me want to see it on stage.

Does the play say what happens to Joanna and Anthony? I was kinda invested in their story. I assume happy ending cause everyone in their way died.
snidegrrl
Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
There is WAY more Joanna and Anthony story in the play, but it's not really what happened to them after. Just more of the story in that timeframe.