Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ★★★½

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Tim Burton's last hurrah for gnarly gothic grotesquerie. While this has its fair share of garish CGI and clumsy digitality, much of it is simply a sturdy musical adaptation with grand performances and elegant visual flair. Johnny Depp really impresses here, along with Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. Plus Sacha Baron Cohen and Timothy Spall (in one of his slimiest roles)! The atmosphere of 18th century London is quite vividly realized, with the furnace basement and barber sets evoking an industrial horror look that pairs well with the drama on screen. Originally Tim Burton planned to film most of it in front of a green screen, and thankfully he decided against it.