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Thursday, January 24, 2008
TIM BURTON IS BACK!
Blimey, he ain't half!

Johnny Razorhands

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!

Negative points?
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.


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posted by Cameron McEwan at 10:41 am -
6 Comments:
  • At 4:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds like Todd would be at leat 9.5/10.

    Scott

     
  • At 4:17 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Ha!

    9.5 'at leat' indeed!

    C.

     
  • At 4:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what the...

    The next James Bond film is to be called Quantum of Solace, producers have confirmed.

    that will have the populace slightly confused. (inc. me)

     
  • At 4:31 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Yeah, I saw that.

    Apparently it's the name of a short story in FOR YOUR YOUR EYES ONLY.

    Still, it's a bloody bad name.

     
  • At 11:06 pm, Anonymous Whelks said…

    Apparently it's got something to do with the idea that if a person retains even a quantum (measure) of solace, their basic "humanity" remains intact - presumably preventing them from simply becoming an inhuman killing machine.

    Actually I've re-read that and it's either nearly there or a complete load of utter utter shi.....

    I'm not sure I'll be rushing to the cinema for that one.

    I will be making a beeline for Sweeney Tood though. If only to rid myself of the previous misconception I'd always carried around that S Todd had ginger hair.....

    Nothing wrong with that of course!!

     
  • At 11:24 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Well, some 'interesting' facts there my friend. As long as there isn't a lengthy scene in a Casino then I'll be happy.

    I hope you enjoy SWEENEY TODD as much as I did. I forgot to mention in my 'review' how different and new it feels from most films. A truly unique experience.

    Still, I'm sure it ain't to everyone's tastes...

     
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