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Jan 28th, 2008, 12:56 PM
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JJ the Jetplane
Jan 28th, 2008, 04:20 PM
WOOT!!! first comment
This movie sounded pretty good when i heard about it... never got around to watching it though
Jan 28th, 2008, 04:29 PM
I'm probably going to be the only one to say this, but i think Johnny Depp is overrated. I liked him better pre-Pirates, when he wasn't such a huge star.
Jan 28th, 2008, 05:42 PM
My parents got tickets to this play when I was about 8 years old. We had no idea what it was about as my dads boss sprang the tickets on him. So as a family, we went. I remember my mom reading the words on the play bill "the demon barber of fleet street" aloud in wonder as the lights dimmed and the curtain raised. I still am afraid to go anywhere near this movie. If you want true horror, this is your story.
Jan 28th, 2008, 06:09 PM
I agree. This movie was definitely not the best musical Depp's done.
Jan 28th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Let us never forget that Freddy Krueger slashed up Johnny Depp with his blades long before Sweeney Todd set up shop.
Jan 28th, 2008, 08:31 PM
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!
Seriously, this is the best movie I've actually seen in theaters, since Pan's Labyrinth.
Anyway, I also recommend the Broadway cast recording that Max mentioned. The music is even great (and twisted) on it's own.
Jan 28th, 2008, 08:39 PM
I love the show and I really want to see this movie but the only place it's playing is 10 bucks for a matinee (I usually pay 8 for night tickets). I got the cd and was disappointed, not by the singing which was good but by the lack of songs, he cut Little Priest in half and that's a shame.
Jan 29th, 2008, 12:05 AM
I actually have Sweeny Todd on film. Not this one, but rather a broadway production of it. Lady Angela Lansbury is Mrs. Lovette, and George Hearn (Don't worry, I don't know him either.) is Sweeny...
Jan 29th, 2008, 12:43 AM
It's like a musical Texas Chainsaw massacre! And it's every bit as good as it sounds. I enjoyed it mightily.
Jan 29th, 2008, 12:43 AM
Okay, so some of my friends think I'm weird for this, but am I alone in thinking that Helena Bonham Carter looked HOT AS FUCK in this movie?
i like crazy hair
Jan 29th, 2008, 01:04 AM
You're not alone, Proto. ;(
Jan 29th, 2008, 12:07 PM
I didn't like the movie but the play seems like it would be better :o
some girl named lauren
Jan 29th, 2008, 01:18 PM
I've seen and heard my fair share and it seems to me that many Broadway musicals could only be improved with the Tim Burton treatment.
Jan 29th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Nay, Proto. It's not just you.
Jan 29th, 2008, 04:00 PM
I haven't had the time to see the movie yet, but serial killings AND cannibalism? I haven't been this excited scince "Silence of the Lambs"!
Jan 29th, 2008, 08:40 PM
I wanted to like this movie but just felt let down.
They should do an Edward Scissor hands horror film.
Jan 30th, 2008, 06:10 AM
I loved Johnny pre-pirate movies, they really ruined him in my books, but I still turn out to very movie he puts out like a damn hamster going back to his water pump, as well I have nothing bad to say about Tim Burton, but some of his work is very average, Corpse Bride for one, C and the C factory another, just not as big of a fan as I once was of this dynamic duo I fear
Jan 30th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Tim Burton will never be able to top Edward Scissorhands. It had Vincent Price.
Jan 30th, 2008, 04:02 PM
I didn't get into this, but I think that's more because I'm not a Burton fan. I've seen other Sweeney interpretations (I even got to see a Sweeney live performance once) and I think that Depp did a good job here, but I think they could have done better overall.
I think Burton's problem is that no one is willing to tell him "no" or otherwise correct him when it comes to story, scene and setting. A lot of big name directors have this problem these days, and what with no one to point out they need to change or re-do something so that it's their best work, we end up with a lot of less-than-optimal things.
Jan 30th, 2008, 04:22 PM
I'm still down with Johnny D. As for Burton, I generally like him but he's not infallable. I thought 'Sweeney' was a great outing, but I thought Charley was spotty. There were parts I really liked, but I thought the ending was forced and horrible.
Jan 30th, 2008, 08:10 PM
I saw this just because of Depp. There was only one instance during the whole movie where I thought "hey! this is the Jack Sparrow guy!"
Plus there's a whole song that's in favor of cannibalism. You don't see that alot these days in Hollywood.
I particularly liked the ending alot.
Jan 31st, 2008, 04:47 PM
i am so mad because our stupid redneck town won't get it for our theater
Feb 26th, 2009, 05:04 PM
"I agree. This movie was definitely not the best musical Depp's done."
Understatement of the year. This is a movie I can only tolerate with the sound off.
Aug 31st, 2010, 08:26 PM
Nick, you need to see Ed Wood. that is Tim Burton's best film hands down.
Sep 1st, 2010, 12:31 AM
No, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is his best film. There is no arguing this.
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