Sweeney Todd is by no means is a conventional movie-musical. It takes several forms of music and theater and artfully places them together. Sweeney Todd May be a dark musical, but its construction lends well to light voices and an equally light orchestral style. Sweeney Todd is adapted from a play by Christopher Bond who's play is based on the English myth of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which is partly historically based. After a prologue by the chorus, the story begins in 19th century London where we see Anthony and Sweeney Todd arriving on a small boat. Anthony sings about how wonderful it is to be back home in London. A beggar woman comes and harasses Sweeney and Anthony and insists that she knows Sweeney. After Sweeney shoos her away he begins to sing about how horrible London is and tells a story his past. Sweeney leaves Anthony and goes to Nellie Lovett's pie shop and has one of her horrible pies. He inquires about the room above her shop. She tells him that people say the room is haunted because of something bad that had happened there long ago. Sweeney ask to hear more and Mrs. Lovett tells of a barber named Benjamin Barker who had a beautiful wife. A Judge wanted his wife so he wrongly accused Benjamin Barker of a crime and sent him to Australia and raped his wife. After this story Mrs. Lovett realizes that Sweeney Todd is really Benjamin Barker and has returned to get revenge on Judge Turpin and his accomplice Beatle Bamfo. Sweeney learns that his wife drank poison and his daughter is being kept by Judge Turpin. Mrs. Lovett then presents Sweeney with his razors and Sweeney vows to get revenge on the Judge. I am of two minds about Sweeney Todd. On one hand I loved the story, but there was too much music. I know, I know it's a musical, but it is my comment. I can handle musicals if there is decent ratio of dialogue to musical numbers and unfortunately, there is much more of the latter. Not only is there a...
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