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Sweeney Todd by Spursfan on 15 February 2008 8:40pm
Has any one already said on Palins what they thought of this film?

Personally I thought it was brilliant, but my (musical hating, 'people don't burst into song in real life') husband says I am never objective when it comes to Johnny Depp (or U2 or Spurs).

Can I help it if JD never makes a bad movie, if U2 never bring out a dud track, or if Spurs always play brill? !!

Anyway, what did others think of the movie?

Annie the Demon Palinite of Fleet Street

Re: Sweeney Todd by sighthound on 15 February 2008 11:00pm
I haven't seen it yet but I am anxiously awaiting the dvd. (I can't remember the last time I went to a movie theatre. I have to get an elder-sitter in and that plus ten bucks for the ticket is more than dvds cost and I can watch the dvd again and again and trade the ones I don't like with friends. Consequently, I have a LOT of dvds and I'm the person that movie execs who depend on box office numbers love to hate.)

I did see the doc made about the making of the ST musical and I was impressed. I really liked Burton's concept for it. And Sondheim liked it too so I'm expecting great things.

I saw the original production of ST on Broadway with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou which was spectacular. "Have a little priest" has got to be the best Act I finale ever! I also saw the "one night only" concert version in L.A. that was a celebration of the musical's 20th anniversary. Sondheim and Lansbury were in the audience. (I feel about Sondheim the way you feel about Depp, Anne. However Sondheim is gay (sigh) story of my life....) Christine Baranski was brilliant as Mrs. Lovett. Kelsey Grammer did a touching Sweeney but he doesn't have enough voice for theatre. The surprise of the evening was Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser") as Toby. He was absolutely brilliant.

Much was made in the doc about how everyone was amazed at Depp's singing. He was cast before anyone ever heard him sing. From what I saw, Depp, while like Grammer couldn't bring it off on stage, seemed to do really well. How did he do on the big numbers like "Epiphany", Anne? (Oh gee, stupid me, of course you'll say he was great. Anybody out there who can give me an objective opinion?)

Damn, I've been rambling on. I've been very busy and haven't been able to check in much lately. The last time I checked in I had over 500 messages at my chatmark. I'm taking a break today and it's good to be back.
Re: Sweeney Todd by Spursfan on 16 February 2008 9:22am
His singing was lovely, Geraldine (though I would say that wouldn't I?) - a bit of a cross between David Bowie and Antony Newley. Just right for the role. I daresay he would've changed the style if it had been, for example, a cowboy or something.

I didn't see it at the cinema - lovely husband gave me the DVD which I saved to take to Turkey with me.

I also think Helena Bonham-Carter was great as Mrs Lovett.

Geraldine this is a link to the ST site; if you click on audio at the top there are bits of the different songs so you can see (hear?) him and the rest of the cast sing for yourself. [Needless to say it is in my 'favourites'!!

Re: Sweeney Todd by johnnythemonkey on 16 February 2008 10:57am
Annie, the DVD isn't out yet.........shshhhh. ;)
Re: Sweeney Todd by Spursfan on 16 February 2008 11:02am
I know...though I have seen it avalable in Turkey too!!!
Re: Sweeney Todd by sighthound on 16 February 2008 8:42pm
Thanks, Anne.

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