Movie A Day: Day 38

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...

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Todays movie is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I found this on a disk when i was cleaning my room. Couldn’t remember watching it so its perfect for this.

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) is married to the gorgeous Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly) and they have a lovely child, Johanna (Played by various actresses depending on age). The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy committed suicide with arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.


This is a very Tim Burton movie. If you’ve seen the remake of Willy Wonka, this has the same appearance/theme only more R-rated.

Recommendation: Buy


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  1. #1 by bookperson on March 1, 2011 - 11:05

    Wow…that’s really interesting that you say it has the same theme as Willy Wonka. What would that be? Because the themes in Sweeney Todd are on the surface about revenge, and then as you delve deeper a discussion of justice, societal woes in Victorian England, the dehumanization of man, and what is sacrificed for power.

    I honestly saw none of that in Willy Wonka.

    • #2 by willpenman on March 3, 2011 - 23:56

      i think “theme” was the wrong word to use. i meant the same visual effects that tim burton uses. he makes scenes and sets that are real enough (its london) but they have that fantastical look that makes it unique (he changes perspective, the way things fit together, exaggerates colour etc.)

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