It doesn’t feel like almost a decade has passed since Tim Burton’s sumptuous Sweeney Todd flooded cinemas with its intoxicating music and bloody gore. It is a film that has not aged one jot and is a brilliant example of the dark, creative mind of Burton and regular collaborator Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Depp plays the vengeful Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd a man who has murder in mind for those who had sent him to prison for 15 years, estranging him from his wife and daughter. Setting up on Fleet Street above the pie shoppe of Bonham Carter’s deranged Mrs Lovett, dear old Mr Todd – with a cut-throat razor as the tool of trade – laments his life and the plight of his daughter and plots pitiless revenge and a ready supply of fresh meat for the patrons of Lovett’s pies.
A fantastic ensemble cast keeps this superior musical rolling along: Sacha Baron Cohen as the faux Italian lothario Pirelli, Timothy Spall as the odious Beadle and Alan Rickman as the wicked Judge whom Todd dreams of taking his razor to.
On release, audiences were confused by the musical horror themeing but this is among the strongest of films of the Burton repertoire. Enjoy.
Sweeney Todd – Wednesday 9.00pm on ITV2