Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber from Fleet Street

I just saw this movie, and couldn’t resist to write a short review about it. Sure, this movie is 5 years old (it’s the Tim Burton version), and a lot of people may have watched it already.


Once happily married barber Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) returns to London after years in prison, in which he was put innocently by the evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Now, under the name of Sweeney Todd, he plots revenge against the judge for the loss of his late wife Lucy and Turpin’s abduction of his daughter Joanna. He does that while singing. With the help of cook Mrs Lovin (Helena Bonham Carter) he kills all the bad people of London in his barber chair in order to get his hands on Turpin. But what to do with the bodies? Maybe Mrs Lovin knows the answer to that, and shortly afterwards, the tasty small of fresh meat pies goes through London…


It’s a very dark tale, the story of Sweeney Todd. Burton adapted the famous stage play by Stephen Sondheim, and give it his unique look. Victorian London looks very dark and dusty, and even though it’s a Technicolor movie, everything seems greyish (except for the blood of course). It takes some time until the killing begins (it takes over an hour to start, even though the movie does not even have 2 hours), and then most of it is shown in a montage. But then again, it’s not exactly a movie about the barber’s murders, but the story about a man seeking revenge, and becoming mad because of it. Todd believes everybody deserves to die, even he and Mrs Lovett, and he does everything to fulfill it.

There are some shortings from the original play (which I haven’t seen), but Burton wanted the movie to be focused on Sweeney Todd. In the end, a clever, but evil, twist reveals that revenge is like a poison, that kills anything it touches. And no-one can live happily ever after it…

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One Response to Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber from Fleet Street

  1. Carina says:

    I really loved that movie!!!

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