I just finished watching the 2007 musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, based on the 1979 musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheelers, which itself is based on an 19th century story about the barber Benjamin Barker, who is falsely accused and sentenced to hard labor in Australia by a man lusting for Barker’s wife. After managing to escape fifteen years later, he returns to London under the false name Sweeney Todd and finds out that his wife killed herself after being raped, and that their child has been adopted. In order to seek revenge, he takes up his old barber shop and starts killing randomly, while looking for the man who betrayed him long ago.This is clearly my favorite Tim Burton film, and Tim Burton is one of my absolute favorite directors. It stars several great actors, especially Johnny Depp (as Sweeney Todd) and Helena Bonham Carter (as Mrs. Lovett), and it has a great story with wonderful effects, and great music. I’ve always been a great fan of musicals, even though I really haven’t seen that many. It’s more that I’ve really loved those I’ve seen, most significantly by Andrew Lloyd Webber, especially The Phantom of the Opera.Anyway, a really great film, recommended to everyone. I’ll try to find the musical to watch is too, but I seriously doubt they play it in Sweden (especially in the original language). I really need that trip to London to see some great musicals.
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