January 2, 2008

Sweeney Todd (2007)

Probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever seen. There are no similarities to the "real" story of Sweeney Todd whatsoever other than the names and locations. This is the crappy Stephen Sondheim reworking of the urban legend with love stories and a revenge motif mixed in.

It has awful singing, terrible "music", very poor acting (when there is any acting), and it all looks horrible.

I hate musicals anyway, but this has the kind of music that wouldn't be out of place in the improv singing section of "Whose Line is it Anyway?". It's that bad! It's extremely amateur and seems like it was knocked together in about 30 seconds. There are no memorable songs, and the lines might as well have been spoken.

The dodgy "cockney" accents make a lot of the words of the songs unintelligible especially when the notes are drawn out. Thus, "Sweeney Todd" is a film that definitely needs subtitles.

As for the gore that some people rave about, well, I've seen better in a low budget independent horror film than in this fiasco. It's not quite as cartoonish as "Kill Bill" but it's still completely unrealistic. I wish that I could give this an even lower mark than I have (...er, yeah... nothing!). It sucks! Tim Burton should be ashamed of himself.

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