Movie: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Director/Studio: Tim Burton /
10 Word Review:
Best Thing About It: Crediting the director as the best thing about a movie can come off like a catch-all. "What did I love about the movie? Well everything!" But here, when I say Burton is the best thing about it, I'm talking about how he managed to render an established product and make it his own without it sucking (as Planet of the Apes did) or showing the seams (as they did in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). It honestly felt like Sweeney Todd had always been a Sondheim/Burton co-production: a dark revenge fantasy for a pair of wronged freaks.
Worst Thing About It: You think I'm going to say Helena Bonham Carter and her thin little voice, don't you? Well I'm not. I actually thought she was fabulous. Not as a singer, of course, but as an actress, a presence, and as a canvass for
Best Performance: Johnny Depp, by God. He deals with his limitations as a singer better than HBC does, growling and snarling his way through the streets of
Oscar Prospects: Iffy. Depp should be in, but after a SAG Awards snub, who knows? If the Academy has any fondness for