The Blood of 'Sweeney Todd'
Although there was some blood in “There Will Be Blood,” there is a lot of blood in Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” I knew the moment the film started I was going to like it. The way the blood trickled and oozed into a river engulfed by mechanical devices was damn creepy. The team of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton shines again. I wasn’t a fan of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” I was steamed they re-did the “Willy Wonka” masterpiece. I was a fan of theirs before and I am again now. It was a risk to cast Johnny Depp into the film when no one including Johnny knew he could really sing. A lot was riding on whether he could sing. Johnny took lessons from an old friend from when he himself was in a band. They worked on his singing and made a CD. Burton ran into give Richard Zanuck a copy of the CD. Their shared smile has spread to millions now renting this wonderful, dark Stephen Sondheim story. Now you can’t imagine anyone else in the role. Helena Bonham Carter, although married to Tim Burton, had to prove that she could sing as well. She was a fan of musicals since she was a little girl and dreamed of one day when she could sing while serving special meat pies. Sacha Baron Cohen was fantastic! That’s Borat for some of you that know him by his other persona. Cohen grew up in the theatre and was accustomed to singing. And you can never go wrong with Alan Rickman as the villain. “Sweeney Todd” won an Academy Award for Art Direction. It’s in video stores now. I highly recommend it. It’s absolutely delicious! And now ‘my arm is complete.’