Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (18)
PUBLISHED: 15:52 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009
JOHNNY Depp and Tim Burton join forces in a big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim s 1979 award-winning Broadway musical thriller Sweeney Todd. Depp leads the cast as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge not only for the injustice he receive
JOHNNY Depp and Tim Burton join forces in a big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 award-winning Broadway musical thriller Sweeney Todd.
Depp leads the cast as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge not only for the injustice he received but also for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter.
After escaping from jail he returns to London and opens up a barber shop above Mrs Lovett's meat pie shop, which sells the most diabolical meat pies in London.
The film brings to life the legend of the Fleet Street barber Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who lures unsuspecting victims into his shop and then casually ends their lives with the flick of a straight blade across their throats.
Todd soon becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who as the story goes "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again."
With the help of Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham-Carter), Todd means to rid London of the corrupt aristocracy, and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Johanna (Jayne Wisener), who is Judge Turpin's (Alan Rickman) ward.
But the murder of one man is not enough to feed Todd's desire for revenge, which turns him into a crazed serial killer and threatens his chances of ever being reunited with his daughter.
Initial reviews of the film have been positive with Time magazine rating it number five in its top movies of the year. The magazine said: "Burton and Depp infuse the brilliant cold steel of Stephen Sondheim's score with a burning passion. Helena Bonham-Carter and a superb supporting cast bring focused fury to this musical nightmare. It's bloody great."
The movie has won two Golden Globe awards and been included in the National Board of Review of Motion Picture's top 10 films.