Saturday, December 29, 2007

What you should know about the new Sweeney Todd movie...

I've seen this movie twice and both times I noticed an awful lot of confusion among the members of the audience. They didn't seem to know what they were going to see. So, if you are planning on going to see it (And I encourage you to do so.) let me give you three things you need to know about this movie.

1.) It's a musical. Not a pseudo musical like Moulin Rouge, but a full on Broadway Musical by the great Stephen Sondheim. Many consider it to be his masterpiece. It is based on the Christoper Bond's stage play based on the original Victorian story. They sing in it. There is actually more singing than speaking in it. Tim Burton purposely cast actors and not singers, but they do a great job.

2.) It's dark and brooding and graphic. If your only experience with Sweeney is the 1979 original Broadway version, it's not like that. And I love the 1979 version with Angela Lansbury. I have many fond memories from high school watching this movie with my best friend Gretchen while eating cherry pie. But, this is Tim Burton's version through and through. And there is lots and lots of blood. I had to hide my face in my shirt during the kill scenes.

3.) It's a comedy. A musical COMEDY! Laugh, already! Yes, like I said in #2 this one is very dark, but the comedy is still there. It is still funny. Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett singing about the way the different types of people would taste, is FUNNY! So, laugh.

3 comments:

Misty said...

It is an amazingly well done film. one of the best Broadway adaptations I've seen... I laughed a lot, my mistake was not knowing exactly what the storyline was when I reviewed it...

Anne said...

My older daughters went and had conflicitng feelings. The daughter who had seen the play here at our local theater was not at all shocked at the blood. She thought there should be more LOL

The other daughter, who hadn't ever seen it, told me, "Mom, this is NOT for little kids!" ROFL! Well, I wasn't going to let them watch, but she sure made me laugh.

KellyLynn said...

Ok soo i am totally jealous, are you telling me you have been out to the movies TWICE in a week. I don't think i have been to the movie theater since we took the kids to see the RAT movie from disney this summer.