Saturday, January 26, 2008

Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

I saw Sweeney Todd last night. I wasn't sure going into to it because I am very picky when it comes to musicals*, but since so many people had raved about it, I figured it would be good. wasn't terrible, I will give it that. But it also wasn't "amazing" as I had been told from a variety of people. The thing about musicals is that they are cheesy. The man sings to his knives-it's odd. And when people get upset, they go outside and walk down the street singing. It's difficult for me to suspend reality and not think, "Why aren't people yelling at him to shut up?!"

I did really like Sacha Baron Cohen's character and also thought Alan Rickman was awesome, but he just needs to talk and he is great. I think Johnny Depp did a good job, but not an Oscar-winning type job. Helena Bonham-Carter did well, too.

Have you see it? Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with me?


*Yes to Cabaret and Chicago, NO to Hairspray and anything overly cheesy.


Stephanie said...

I thought I would hate it, but actually loved it. As far as people going down the street singing - well, obviously it's not realistic. But would a bunch of woman in jail break out in song, like in Chicago? No, but it was still entertaining!

What I had issues with was ALL. THE. BLOOD!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like I'll have to see it on Netflix....

Ant said...

Too much blood.

Too much nasty, spurty, red blood.

However, Sacha Baron Cohen was brilliant. I liked the fact that all his characters have some kind of padding around the groinal area - you'd think he was obsessed or something...

CBK said...

I liked it a lot. I'm not a musical fan, but I thought that the performances were good, and the gore so over the top as to be amusing. What I thought was more disturbing was the graphic end of Helena's character.

What I liked about the music was the intricate vocal harmonies and how people sang over each other. It was actually challenging and interesting to listen to and parse out. Normal musicals aren't like that, in my experience.