|Blimey, he ain't half!
I am, of course
, referring to the new TIM BURTON
film, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
. Actually it's more of an event than a film but, being slightly biased due to my love of all things Burtonesque (even "Planet Of The Apes" Cam? OK, you got me there - that was p*sh)
, perhaps I gush unnecessarily. So, what's it like?
Well, if you don't like musicals I would suggest you give it a miss as it contains little dialogue and much musical goodness. Certainly, some of the youngsters (how did they get in? It's a flippin' 18!)
seemed to groan and squirm every time someone started singing, which was a lot. The songs themselves are sublime and very different from your normal 'musical'
fare with subtle melodies, unsettling rhythms and clever reprises. The soundtrack hasn't stopped playing on the 'ole iPod
since the weekend.
"Tale as old as time..."
The cats handle the tunes (oh, hold on - that should be 'cast')
very well with some 'honest'
voices from JOHNNY "Or Should That Be DAVID BOWIE?" DEPP
, TIMOTHY "Same Character In Every Film He Does" SPALL
, ALAN "Sounds A Bit Like ALAN SUGAR, Go On, Think About It" RICKMAN
and HELENA "Bonham" CARTER
. Then there's SACHA "Baron" COHEN
who turns in an interesting
performance to say the least... The cast are pretty much flawless as is the direction from TIMMY B
and I was most disappointed to see him being left out of the recent OSCAR
nominations. I felt his palette may have been getting slightly restrictive in recent years but here he displays a talent for the musical as well as 'all-out gore'
as there are some pretty memorable deaths in there.
Don't remember that bit in the film!
Well, two songs start off with the words "There was" (three if you include a reprise)
. Yup, that's my fault with the film. Well done Tim, you continue to amaze and enthral in equal measures. Is it his best work?
Too early to tell yet but note I am not ruling that out. Look out ED WOOD
and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
, you've got some competition.
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man...'Til the next time,C.PS. Long-time
Blog reader and sometime
commenter, SCOTT SMITH
, has suggested that I 'rate'
movies numerically. I am not going to do this as I am not
a twelve-year old.
Labels: Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, On set pictures, Pictures, Screen Shots, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton, Tim Burton as a young man