I've been pretty outspoken about Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd film.
I went to see it last night and I didn't hate it! I give it a solid B+. No spoilers here, but for those that want to tlk about the film, the Broadway show & revivals, the tour, the story, etc... by all means, please comment. :) So.. expect spoilers in the comments. :)
I'll say this. I still don't understand why they would cast a lead actress who can't sing the right notes. I didn't agree with most of her character choices, but for the ones she made, her acting was good. Even if her voice bothered me, a lot. Though, after a half an hour, you kinda get used to it, and forget how those songs were written. Her acting did make up for her lack of vocal skills. And she provided subtle comedy, which I was not a fan of in the previews and trailer but were cohesive and entertaining in the entirety of the film.
Cinematically speaking it was amazing. The costumes were spectacular. I want so many of those damn dresses. Plenty bloody. Many very funny scenes. Some of the humour was taken out of where it was in the show and put into new places which is always fun to see.
Tobias and Anthony were the best singers. Judge Turpin and Sweeney Todd were the best actors. I think this is one of Johnny Depp's best roles.
Sweeney has been my favorite show for over a decade, and the idea of it spiralling into little girls wearing shirts from hot topic originally turned my stomach, but I'm coping better now. ;) And I'm a purist when it comes to Broadway overall, so the combination had me filled with trepidation. I was much more impressed then I went in wanting to be. lol. I was filled with negativity toward it, and I'm glad that I was able to see past my prejudice and enjoy this film for what it was. A musical on film. Taken off the stage it's an entirely different medium, and I did enjoy it. Though, I missed the Chorus desperately.
Your opinions for those that know the show, movie, etc?
And, because I want to share with you the Sweeney I'm used too, here's some clips from some of the stage shows and concerts.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SrtgkaiSfCk&feature=related A Little Priest from the concert with George Hearn and Patti Lupone
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0ncvaAIeEDA The Opening of the Broadway show that's been cut out. ( I miss my chorus. :( ). This is from the PBS airing of the production with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury from 1982.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nY1HGK3_T8o&feature=related This is a Sweeney Montage from the 60th annual tony awards. Ths is the revival with Patti Lupone, Michael Ceveris, and lots of other folks. This is the most recent Broadway version and is also the tour as far as I understand that's been making it's way around Canadian and American cities. ( And I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of this version, either. I don't like the costumes, I'm not sure how I feel about the actors playing instruments, and the downscaling of the show. But the singing's not bad. :) )
http://youtube.com/watch?v=VXg5tut9LXo&feature=related The London National Theatre Cast, 1994. I want this version, BAD. I like it a lot. Opening and Worst Pies in London.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=DBCVaFqGJwg&feature=related The singing's not so great in this, but this is freakin' awesome!! It's Stephen Sondheim teaching Guildhall School students how to sing his songs. It's super cool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOACd8lxLp0&e It's either Spanish or Italian. I suck and I can't be sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9uEMKtYjXc Kennedy Center production, Celia Keenan-Bolger doing Green Finch And Linnet Bird. Good rendition. I'm critical on this one, it used to be my audition song for years.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4PnkVuE62A&feature=related Same production, same girl as Johanna, but Hugh Panaro as Anthony! Ooh! This is Kiss Me, another that was cut from the film, but a great song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjnh_bnTWos&NR=1 And this is ust fun. Clips from Sweeney Todd to the Muppet Show song. haha..
Okay. I'm done. :) That's enough Sweeney for one day, I'm sure you'll all agree. ;)