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 Post subject: Sweeney Todd (2007)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:04 pm 
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Anyone else who can't wait to see this? Apparently Burton is back on top form with an adaption of one of my favourite pieces of musical theatre. I've always thought it was a project he was born to direct being entirely suited to the dark fantasy of the drama, akin in someways to the shadows of Sleepy Hollow . With Depp barnstorming as Todd, Bonham-Carter as the pie woman Mrs Lovett and Rickman and Spall bringing up the rear, this is one tale I shall attend this year. Burton plans a version of Alice in Wonderland in 2010...

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Frankly, Johnny Depp is enough to get my bum on a seat (I went to the cinema to see Secret Window ... ugh!). I found 'Big Fish' a little disappointing, something like Burton spinning his wheels, but I have high hopes for this. (Love a good musical, too :) )

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 Post subject: Depp
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:29 pm 
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Yes I'm a big Depp fan too. Saw CRY BABY, Water's follow up to Hairspray, again recently and even back then his talent shone through as a kiss-curled JD. Can anyone remember him tucked away in NIGHTMARE ON ELMSTREET, his first outing lol? Can't wait to see what he makes out of playing John Dillinger under Michael Mann, there's some stiff competition out there (Tierney, Oates)

Thinking about it, I must have 3 versions of Sweeney tucked away, culled from various sources over the years as well as an American made for TV production on DVD. But what ever the Burton-Depp version is like, it still won't quite replace the Todd Slaughter one (not from Sondheim) of course.

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I'm really curious about this as well. I'm not familiar with the original material, but I've been a big fan of Burton's since the 90s. I kind of lost interest around the time he did Sleepy Hollow -- well, not exactly "lost interest", but it was the first movie of his that didn't blow me away like the others. Until I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and enjoyed it so much that it made me look forward to what he would do next. The trailer is pretty exciting anyway.

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Not sure if I like Sweeney Todd or not. Mostly, I enjoyed watching it, especially because Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are as good as always. But the music sounded kind of cheesy to me, with the exception of a few songs (like Mrs Lovett's one about the pies at the beginning). Has anyone here seen it? Most of the people I've discussed the film with didn't like it at all. Some loved it, a few said "it's cool but nothing special". I enjoyed it but feel at the same time that it's not Burton's most inspired film. And I think the music spoiled it a little for me.

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I'm with Melanie here. It's not a good sign when both you and your partner drop off during the film, but we did. I thought I'd like it because it was Burton/Depp, she because it was a musical, and we both came out thinking this would have made a fine film without the music and ultimately there just wasn't enough of anything going on to hold our attention.
None of the actors had voices beyond competent, and to be honest I didn't expect them to, but the result was they failed to make the songs come alive. And the result of that were they simply became plot interludes with the lyrics telling me things I would much rather have been shown.
Apart from Depp and Bonham Carter none of the roles contained much complexity, however, I loved the ideas in the story and came away wishing they had been presented in a different way. Possibly by the Coen brothers.

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