Film: Sweeney Todd

Just prior to Chinese New Year, J. went to watch Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with a couple of friends.

There was lots of murder… very prettily illustrated by the use of a thick, bright-red blood the consistency of paint.

The place depicted is a dark, joyless world viewed through the cynical eyes of Sweeney Todd, a barber who’s gifted with his razors. A story of revenge and living in the past.

The show is very dark. Even the story of love of the two young protagonists whose story takes a back seat to Sweeney’s terrible tale fails to lighten the world a single inch up until the very end.

J. likes it. He likes the cinematography, the morbid humour, the application of music to the environment, the way the story links and, of course, the disturbed characters of the leading man and lady.

Watch it, indulge your darker side, unless you’re all about puppies and butterflies.

Rotten Tomatoes Review: 83%

No, it’s not the best show for the festive period, it’s not.


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