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Posted on 2007.12.30 at 02:22
Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd"

I just returned from seeing "Sweeney Todd."  It left me mesmerized, and deeply, deeply haunted.   Just go into it knowing it is unapologetically a musical, with Stephen Sondheim's brilliant lyrics front and center, and very little non-sung dialog, and that it's absolutely beautiful and terribly gruesome.  The last scene will linger during many a dark hour.  Johnny was brilliant, his Todd is both tragic and vicious, and Helena's mad Mrs. Lovett had me laughing, cringing and heart-broken.  The darkness is profound,  the humor black as pitch, and surprisingly, if you listen carefully to the lyrics, you'll discover some savage social commentary.  Burton's London is so bleak and Gothic--think of the art direction in "Sleepy Hollow," playing like a shadow across a Hammer Horror version of the city.   And there's a love story that is, and a love story that isn't.   One of my favorite scenes is a confessional  harmony between Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett that perfectly captures how two people can be in the same space but exist in such different, clashing realities.  That's one of the main tragedies of life, and they nail it.   Oh, I'm already saying too much.  Also pay close attention to the hilarious lyrics to the "The Worst Pies in the World."   "Sweeney Todd's a savory pastie of horror and wonder.  I need another bite!   And it just got nominated for 4 Golden Globes, which almost always translate into Oscar nominations:

Best Actor: Depp
Best Actress: Carter
Best motion picture, musical or comedy.
Best director, Tim Burton.

Sweeney Todd, lyrics excerpt:  "A little Priest"

TODD:
For what's the sound of the world out there?
LOVETT:
What, Mr. Todd?
What, Mr. Todd?
What is that sound?
TODD:
Those crunching noises pervading the air!
LOVETT:
Yes, Mr. Todd!
Yes, Mr. Todd!
Yes, all around!
TODD:
It's man devouring man, my dear!
BOTH:
Then who are we to deny it in here?

TODD: (spoken) These are desperate times,
Mrs. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for!
LOVETT: Here we are, now! Hot out of the oven!
TODD: What is that?

LOVETT:
It's priest. Have a little priest.
TODD:
Is it really good?
LOVETT:
Sir, it's too good, at least!
Then again, they don't commit sins of the flesh,
So it's pretty fresh.
TODD:
Awful lot of fat.
LOVETT:
Only where it sat.
TODD:
Haven't you got poet, or something like that?
LOVETT:
No, y'see, the trouble with poet is
'Ow do you know it's deceased?
Try the priest!

Comments:


Lars
lordadlerz at 2008-01-02 09:18 (UTC) (Link)
that was a fantastic movie.
Summer and I saw it with the Goth Volunteer Alliance pre-screeing show.
several of the song stuck in my head for weeks.
great movie :-)
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