Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street is one of my favorite musicals. Even if you can tell the blood is fake and the scenery is extremely dark so you can’t catch all the details depending on the brightness of your screen it’s still a story that I find wonderfully twisted.
Meet Sweeney Todd, formerly Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) a barber on his way back to London after being gone for years after Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) banished him because Judge Turpin was in love with Sweeney’s wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly). At the time he was banished Sweeney and Lucy had just had a baby girl, named Johanna (Jayne Wisener). Headed to London with Sweeney is a young traveler named Anthony (Jamie Campbell Bower).
The movie starts out with Anthony singing that there is no place like London. He compares it to great and beautiful cities, but Sweeney joins in song expressing feelings about London being filled with vermin. Two very different perspectives. The two split up and Sweeney ends up meeting a pie shop owner named Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) whose pie shop is under Sweeney’s old barber shop. Mrs. Lovett’s pies are, in a word, horrendous. Rock hard, slimy, and the taste doesn’t leave your mouth for some time. Blame it on the meat.
This movie has so much to give. Amazing acting, lots of gore, beautiful music, and a twisted story line.
Heather: Anyone else think Jamie Campbell Bower looks familiar? You might recognize him from the Twilight Saga as Caius or you might recognize him as Jace from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Combine Jamie with Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter and you’ve got part of a cast I adore. And don’t get me started on the fact that three cast members were in the Harry Potter films. Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Timothy Spall (Beadle in Sweeney Todd, Peter Pettigrew aka Wormtail in Harry Potter).