Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney is a dark, dark movie. They must have depleted the blood bank filming it. But the music and lyrics carry us through this evilly brilliant film And Johnny can sing. Not like Rex Harrison talks his way through the songs in My Fair Lady. There's one bright sunny vignette when Mrs. Lovett sings By The Sea, but Sweeney is grimfaced throughout.

After completing the video, I read the A.O. Scott's NYT review. As Scott wrote,
It may seem strange that I am praising a work of such unremitting savagery. I confess that I’m a little startled myself...

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