Tim Burton. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Stephen Sondheim.
The combination of these four people make for a special movie, a musical horror movie. Perhaps the more snobbish critics would see "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" as an operetta of grand guingold. Either way, the film is a unique experience and was created by people who understand both the horror and musical theatre genres.
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" had a poor opening weekend, but is likely to stay on the big screen until the Golden Globes ceremony. The producers would have better served themselves if they released "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" a few weeks ago and closer to Halloween. Under Tim Burton's direction, this film has all the gothic blood letting worthy of Hammer Films.
The music is beautiful and Johnny Depp acquits himself. Depp is no George Hearn, but his vocal performance works well on film. Considering that Angela Landsbury originated the role, Helena Bonham Carter is a bit young as Mrs. Lovett. Yet Helena Bonham Carter makes a connection to the modern goth culture. Last, but least, Alan Rickman scores another trophy on his Rogue's Gallery shelf. Rickman and Depp sincerely sing Stephen Sondheim's "Pretty Women."
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is not a pretty movie. However it is a good terror movie with music to catch after the holiday season.