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  • Without the knowledge that this was going to be a musical, I heartily enjoyed the impressive CG blood intro sequence and basked in Tim Burton's consistently brilliant artistic vision
  • While initially derailed and shocked at the characters' sudden burst into song (my tolerance for musicals runs thin), the interesting verses and catchy melodies won me over rather quickly
  • Only at one point did the actors feel as if they were singing for the sake of singing - the rest of the songs had a good deal of connection to the plot, and further stylized Burton's artistic vision with a similarly fantastic aural experience

    • by Vinayak Ravindran
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      When my family rented the film from our local Hastings a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea what this “Sweeney Todd” character entailed. Indeed, the name sounded more of the same banal comedic drudgery that plagues the genre. My initial suspicions were proved utterly superficial when I read the subtitle of the film, however: a subtitle about a Demon Barber hardly lent itself to laughter.

      Without the knowledge that this was going to be a musical, I heartily enjoyed the


      impressive CG blood intro sequence and basked in Tim Burton’s consistently brilliant artistic vision. Indeed, the muted colors, the excessive use of black, and the lack of sunlight permeated various scenes. I especially enjoyed the contrast of blood against the otherwise bleak setting. When violence arose throughout the film (and let me assure you, Burton assured that this did happen quite a few times), bright red blood was spilled, glowing amongst the rest of the scene with a morbid vibrance that ...

      • is somehow satisfying and brings life and color to the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed this effect.

        The atmosphere of the movie was totally up my alley, and Johnny Depp’s portrayal of a character tortured by his lust for vengeance was sublime. While initially derailed and shocked at the characters’ sudden burst into song (my tolerance for musicals runs thin), the interesting verses and catchy melodies won me over rather quickly. Only at one point did the actors feel as if they were

        singing for the sake of singing - the rest of the songs had a good deal of connection to the plot, and further stylized Burton’s artistic vision with a similarly fantastic aural experience.

        As I mentioned, Todd’s character is extremely likeable and enjoyable to watch. While his crazed nature and actions may be predictable for some, I personally enjoyed watching the events unfold. The movie’s ending presents the viewer with powerful imagery they won’t soon forget. A solid film, through and through.




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