Why the hell hasn't Tim Burton given us a straight up horror film? You know his ass wants to, and from so many of his other films, we all know that he would pull off the most twisted film ever made. Instead, he gives us the odd remake or the goofy comedy, or in this case a quite spectacular adaptation of a musical... a musical soaked in gallons of blood.
The gore and bloodletting borders on Eli Roth territory, especially in one scene which is all about Sweeny, played shockingly well I should add, by Burton's muse Johnny Depp, slashing the throats of about 15 people one after the other during a song. Any one of these slashings, if put in a normal horror film, would be down right grisly and make Tom Savini shed a tear. When he makes his first kill, the red stuff flys out all over the place like the scene in ARMY OF DARKNESS where the guy gets thrown down the well and the huge geyser of blood comes out. What I'm saying here is that this film had more blood then a bloodbank!
The singing wasn't bad at all, everyone did quite well and I don't see why the hell Johnny Depp needs to whine about how he can't sing in interviews because compared to most, he sounded very good. Helena Bonham Carter was the one weak link here singing wise, but I think this was more because of her cockney accent. I still love her, so I'm gonna say she sounded like a beautiful dove, sitting atop a rose with a rainbow behind her... and here huge cleavage busting out every time she's on screen certainly helped you ignore her voice. Tim Burton is one lucky bastard for getting to 'hit that' every night.
I should comment on the completely unexpected candidate for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR... Sacha Baron Cohen's 'package' Jesus Christ, he's got a fucking Sherman tank between the legs.
Overall, an excellent film that I'm sure won't get ignored when it comes to the Award shows.
(edited by Cerebus on 22.12.07 2323) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
(hidden text) This was surprisingly good. I think I'm in for the long haul on the new version. I'm mostly just glad they didn;t do a 'Battlestar Galactica' with it and make it completely different from the original.