Sweeney Todd is about a barber who was banished from London for fifteen years because of a jealous judge. However, Mr. Todd has come back after all this time and seeks revenge with the help of Mrs. Lovett and her failing pie shop. He goes on a killing spree slicing his way to the judge and disposes of the bodies through a trap door that goes downstairs to the pie shop where Mrs. Lovett makes her meat pies. Inevitably, Todd gets his revenge on the judge and finds out his beautiful wife is not dead a second too late. He kills her thinking she is an intruder and is then quickly slain by a boy who had escaped his silver razor.
Overall this musical was very dark, not just the actual cinematography but the whole story itself. It is very different from the majority of musicals I’ve seen which have been very upbeat and poppy. The way the musical was shot was also different. The entire movie’s imagery is lifeless with just shadows and dull gray except for the blood, which is highlighted throughout the movie. We see an ample amount of heinous crimes such as; murder, rape, and cannibalism making the film very dark.
In my opinion the actual singing itself was very amateur. They had big names like Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, etc. who are all great actors, but are certainly not known for their singing abilities! The songs in the very beginning of the movie were a good way to give us some background knowledge of the character and his previous life in London. The lyrics to the songs were very well written and helped tell the story of the psychopathic barber and his insidious agenda.