Sunday, January 13, 2008

Late to the Barber's  

As usual, I'm a few days late for the latest bit of news or culture. I do get around to it, though... this week, I outdid myself and got to see a film the wife and I have been eager to check out before it hit DVD. Yay for us!

So we took in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, and both enjoyed it. The wife was already familiar with the story and a few of the songs, but all I knew was that he was a barber and killed some folks. So, going into it with just that much knowledge, I was still pretty open for anything.

I'm not much of a Sondheim fan and I was slightly thrown when the movie opened with a song right off the bat, but I got into the groove pretty quickly. The story kept my interest, and Johnny Depp did his usual bang-up job of looking intense and delivering the charisma he does with most of his roles. 

The rest of the cast did well, Alan Rickman in particular. He's always great as a villain, and here he's portrayed as the ultimate disgusting bastard, so that was a good fit. 

I was a little surprised at how much blood was shown onscreen, but it was all in good fun and there were plenty of morbid laughs to be had. Several times during the show, the audience we were with erupted into laughter, so kudos to Burton for hitting a great balance between showmanship and wink-winking to the people in the seats.

Overall, a thumbs-up and recommended to anyone who's not automatically against the idea of watching a musical. 

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