Commentary on Movies and TV by Brian Holcomb

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham-Carter have made so many films together that they’re starting to resemble each other. Depp has now made 6 films with Burton and it always seems as though he’s playing some hyper-real and slightly paler version of the ghostly director. As for Bonham-Carter, this is either her fourth or fifth round with Burton depending on whether you consider her voice acting in “Corpse Bride” an appearance and as his “life partner” and mother of his two children, she’s on her way to becoming the living embodiment of one of his cadaverous drawings.

All three seem like a traveling band of Grand Guignol performers just looking for the right gloomy play that requires frizzy black hair and dark circles under the eyes. Luckily, they found Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant 1979 musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and lucky for Sondheim that he found them. Not since Francis Ford Coppola signed to direct “The Godfather” has there been a more perfect match between artist and material.

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1 comment:

Watch Movies said...

I watched Sweeney Todd with my mum and, as she pointed out, there was a part of Ray Winstone's Todd that was very benevolent.