Cinema DVD

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

{mosimage}Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter gather together again in the dark streets of London.

Many fans of Tim Burton, me included, were very excited when they knew that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter would be the main characters in one of his films. This new product has all the features that you can expect from a classic Burton´s movie: dark scenarios, a taste for a macabre sense of humor, a collection of freaks trying to find their own habitat, and of course blood and revenge. But added to all this film enters the musical genre, and we can see during good part of the action to Depp and Carter singing about their lives, loves, hates and revenges.

I was never a great fan of the musical genre, but certainly the film is most of the time pretty enjoyable, although sometimes too many songs can be a bit disturbing. Atmosphere is greatly created, and Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall are the villains are frankly superb. There is also the chance to see Sacha Baron Cohen in a new register as an Italian (with Spanish features) barber, but maybe his appearance is too histrionic; all the opposite to the sweetness of Jayne Wisener as Johanna.

Not a bad film though, and certainly a new brick in the consistent wall of Burton´s career, but with a couple less of songs and with a final a bit less predictable, the result could have been improved.

Rating 3/5. 

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