REVIEW OF SWEENEY TODD
Arizona State University
Making a great musical relies on a number of different aspects that need to be taken into consideration. One of the biggest aspects of making a spectacular musical is whether or not it connects and moves the audience; this means that the storyline and atmosphere both need to grab you and show you what makes the characters in the movie so special, and what they are really feeling when they sing their songs. Another important aspect is the acting; a musical needs to have a resemblance of acting and characters to the original production, otherwise the loyal musical enthusiasts will not go see the musical that they so loved once before.
Hair raising, Jaw dropping, and a new breed of horror, this Broadway to movie crossover Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber, is a dark; masterful story about love, lust, and greed. As you get farther and farther into the beginning credits you can feel the hair lift up off your arms as the music gets deeper and darker with the song (for the most part), rather dark and ambient most times, this is by no means a bad thing. The film opens after an impressive yet gory title sequence with an almost optimistic verse about the great capital of England. Tim Burton places us in a dark and gloomy London, England. However, this is interrupted by Sweeney Todd’s throaty growl in protestation of the city's charms because Sweeney Todd’ s portrayal of London is very morbid and full of that dreadful day when his wife was taken from him. Burton does stray from his almost monotone color palette during the vibrant flashbacks to Benjamin Barker’s (Sweeney Todd's) former life before incarceration on a false charge by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Todd's desperate mission for vengeance against the judge who now, after raping his wife, has Todd's daughter locked in his mansion, and later a mental home. This is not a...