Nobody does dark and gloomy better than Tim Burton. (Well, except maybe that perpetually depressed Rachael Ray.) So when it comes time for the bloodletting, and oh there will be bloodletting, the crimson geysers really make a splash against the grey backdrop of Burton's über-Gothic 18th century London.
The director reunites with his man-crush/muse, Johnny Depp, in the titular role and, predictably, the results are quirky, sinister and humorous in this delightful re-imagining. In full Cruella de Vil hair and living-dead makeup, he’s still unnervingly attractive—even while slitting throats. And he's good on the ears, too.
Burton's choice to feature a younger Sweeney and downstairs human-meat-pie maker Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) breathes new life and chemistry into the classic production, which on stage usually features older actors in the roles.
One of the biggest highlights is Sacha Baron Cohen, who was chosen before Borat's huge success. He brings a brief interlude of full-on comedy as the flamboyant hairdresser competing with Mr. Todd for London's stubbly necks. (God forbid anyone go to Sweeney for a Brazilian.)
So if you like a little murder with your music, then Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will more than satiate your hunger.
Opens today at the Landmark Magnolia and other area theatres
Online at sweeneytoddmovie.com