Singing Songs and Slitting Throats

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is perhaps the most unconventional musical ever made. It’s a musical, but also a slasher movie. Sweeney Todd is technically a villain who murders dozens of people. The colors are dark and drab in a way only Tim Burton can pull off. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street came during a time when Tim Burton lost most of his originality and became a parody of himself. Which makes this film such an important accomplishment. Johnny Depp even manages to nab a Best Actor nomination. There is a lot of blood in this story and a dark message. You’d think that characters breaking out into song wouldn’t work, but it does. The songs are catchy and sometimes even cheerful. It’s based on an existing musical that I’ve never seen. Though it’s more likely that Tim Burton’s version will be the one people remember. It’s R rated for blood and blood alone, but don’t take that as an invitation to show the kids. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the perfect gothic musical. Now, how ’bout a shave?

Sweeney Todd (left) discovers his purpose as Ms. Lovett (right) looks longingly

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