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My boyfriend and I picked this one up at the local RED BOX to watch today and were quite disappointed.  Even for this scifi, dragons, and such movie lover guy, he thought this movie was way to evil, dark and sinnister. He was definitely squirming around and couldn’t wait to ask me to remove it from the DVD player with an apology that he hadn’t realized that it was THAT dark and sinnister.

This movie was like the darkest views of Oliver, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Beattlejuice rolled over into your deepest recessed nightmares.  I wouldn’t let any young children watch it, and even some teens who love horror shows may even feel that even this movie is quite too sinnister for their enjoyment.

One of the disturbing things that set it off to a really dark mecca is when they broke out and sang about some sterling silver barber type razors and calling them “his friend” early on in the show.  One would thought that this would be setting up things for revenge against the Judge that split up he and his wife, as well as adopted their daughter after his wife takes her own life while he had been gone.  If you didn’t think that was twisted enough, it keeps getting more twisted and sinnister.

Loved the musical portion of the film (although dark in verbage) though.  Johnny Depp’s voice can definitely sing, which is a surprise to both of us.  Don’t think we really have had the opportunity to hear this side of him; he probably should find more to sing in in the future - just not quite this dark.  One of his female sidekicks reminds me of a mix between Gilda Radner and Annie Potts, only their really dark, dark side.

I did enjoy the score (not necessarily the lyrics) of the music.  Wouldn’t mind getting the sheet music to play so long as I’m not singing any of the lyrics while playing.

Neither one of us can give a thumbs up for this movie by any means.  Sorry, Johnny Depp; nothing against your acting.  You could have fared much better in doing something that wasn’t quite so evil! tongue out


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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • thanks for the review, I was wondering if I should watch this; it sounds like something that would give me nightmares. since I live alone I really try to stay away from too much horror as there will be no one here if I wake up in cold sweat in middle of night.



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      Kathryn Krastin wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • I know.....

      I live by myself as well.  Thank goodness I was able to go to work after seeing a good portion of it (keeping the hope that good overcomes evil).

      I’d certainly pass on this movie.



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • lol



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • Sweeny Todd is meant to be dark and sinister. Even on stage it was.

      As a person who loves horror movies, dark comedies, etc. it was a good movie. Great, no. I expected alot more from it.

      I agree if you are not a fan a of this genre, do not watch it.



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      Deb Darby wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • I agree with Mztracy; and as far as Johnny Depp’s acting and voice are concerned, I was  quite impressed! I’ve never been a huge fan; but I honestly think this is his best acting, showing how truly disturbed Sweeney was by the horrible experience and powerlessness he must have felt at the hands of the judge. I guess I wasn’t shocked, since I knew the story at the outset. The scene with Helena B. Carter and the little boy with the most lovely voice was my favorite...brought me to tears.



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      Kathryn Krastin wrote Apr 28, 2009
    • Oh, the little boy’s voice was definitely a show stopper.  Quite impressive.



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