Lucy 🏳🌈’s review published on Letterboxd:
Welcome to Luketober, everyone!!! Every other day this month I will be watching something nice and spooky since it's Halloween time! I hope you have fun! I know I will!
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is rich with some of the best music, production design, costume design, performances, and atmosphere I've seen. The film is bathed in glorious and beautiful gothic atmosphere that never fails to put me in a spooky mood. The lighting is so moody and evokes such gloom and, as we enter the final act, even rage. Johnny's performance here is top 3 of all time from him. Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite movie characters because he's so flawed and sympathetic. Even though he does these horrible things, you just can't help but feel terrible for him after all the pain and hardship he's gone through. Helena Bonham Carter is just an absolute delight in this from start to finish. When you first meet her she's almost the comedic relief of the film, but as time slowly progresses you start to find out more things about her that make her journey, ultimately, a really tragic one.
Even though "La La Land" is my favorite movie musical, Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical, period. Call me a gothic bitch if you want, I don't care. Its music, its characters, and its atmosphere are, honestly, unparalleled by any other musical, in my eyes. Sondheim's lyrics are so poetic and are almost always character-based. There are no big or flashy musical numbers with tons of crazy choreography, they're all very small, personal, and intimate. These numbers are what make Sweeney Todd so unique and special to me. I absolutely adore this film with every fiber of my being and will continue to do so till my dying day.