Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007, Tim Burton)

screened Saturday December 22, 2007 at Century 20 Theaters Daly City, CA IMDb My brother is a whore for anything A.O. Scott is crazy about, and since Scott called this film "almost a masterpiece," we had to check it out for ourselves. It's the most affecting film I've seen from Burton since my 15-year-old's experience of Batman; it's quite thrilling to witness just how much throat-slashing mayhem the film gets away with while remaining completely watchable, dare I say entertaining. In the 2007 homicidal maniac movie adaptation sweepstakes I'd put this somewhere in the continuum between There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men; it is not as audaciously unconventional as the former, but more emotionally arresting than the latter, while sharing the latter's characteristic of seeming more like a cosmetically cinematic execution of a strong source text. Great performances abound, with Johnny Depp exhibiting a stony relish in his all-consuming murderousness, and Helena Bonham Carter providing the sad-eyed, twisted soul of this bleak and bloody yet rapturously realized world.

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