Today marks the debut of another blog feature that I hope will appear regularly – the weekend review. Every weekend, I plan to talk about a book I’ve read or a movie I’ve seen that week.
This week, the movie on my mind is Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
While I realize that this movie is definitely not to everyone’s taste, I personally loved it and have already seen it twice. Part of the reason I enjoyed it so much might be a combination of my love for both Johnny Depp and musicals, as well as the fact that I have a fairly strong stomach when it comes to blood (although this movie was not nearly as gory as I had feared it would be). But I really think that Sweeney Todd was an excellent movie even for people who don’t share my love of Johnny Depp. The music in it was amazing, with a score that captured the mood of the movie and pulled you in emotionally, as well as some really catchy songs (I’ve had “We all Deserve to Die” stuck in my head all day). The movie was full of clever bits of dark humor, which I love, it really pulled you in and immersed you in the story, and above all, it felt very different, original, and fresh – compared to the ubiquitous romantic comedies and mindless horror movies that seem to be everywhere these days. Overall, if you love dark humor and catchy songs, and can stand a bit of throat-slitting gore, you should definitely check it out!