Here's a movie I'd seen before - and not just once either!
It's one of those movies you can watch multiple times though, because it's a musical, and one that stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter no less! Well, I don't know much about Helena, but she is one of the main characters, and she can sing too. There are a few other notable appearances, like Sacha Baron Cohen, whom I was very surprised to see in a Tim Burton movie. I'm used to seeing him in his own parodies, but it seems his repertoire is much broader than that, even if he plays a parody character here as well.
In a way, it's like he plays the character everyone knows him as, and then reveals there's a side to him most people don't know... within the movie. Interesting (and I hope intended) symbolism.
It's a masterful musical overall, about a killer barber accused of a crime he did not commit, who returns from a long prison sentence only to find his wife's taken Arsenic and his daughter is taken away.
Rather than fight for justice, he chooses vengeance and a new name - Sweeney Todd, meeting the charming Mrs. Lovett - who's taken residence in his old house, and opening a barber shop on the top floor, where he subtly slices the throats of his victims and sends the bodies down into the bakery where Mrs. Lovett puts them in her pies. It's a bizarre, bloody and tragic tale, full of twists, with bits of comedy, and music that sets the mood accordingly. And if you didn't think Johnny could sing... well, you're in for a surprise!
Tragic, beautiful; masterfully directed. It's Tim Burton doing what he does best.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle