In preparation for this monumental occasion I thought that I would offer a few of my humble comments on this masterpiece.
***It contains NO spoilers***
For the uninitiated, let me begin by saying:
- IT IS A MUSICAL
- There is a lot of blood.....A LOT! (What would you expect when the 'hero' is a serial killer?)
- The music is by Sondheim (a testament to Tim Burton's brilliance - I have FINALLY been able to not only sit through a Sondheim musical, but actually enjoy it!...........I am now ducking for cover from all the irate SS afficionados :) )
It is classic Tim Burton - visually, very similar to the Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands. There are the almost monochromatic, dark scenes, contrasted with 'cartoony' bright scenes (Mrs Lovett's daydream, for example).....my kind of eye-candy!
Speaking of eye-candy, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.....BRILLIANT (and they can actually sing!.....Is there no end to their talent?)
If you 'get' the humour it is VERY funny. I guess, for some, it will work as a horror movie?????? maybe?????
The best summation is that it is a visual feast. Tim Burton is a genius (but then, you don't need me to tell you that, do you?) This has just knocked Edward Scissorhands off the top of my list.
A final note of caution - for those of you who have been on another planet and are unaware that this musical has been around for quite a while - check that any Sweeney Todd items are of the version that you want. There are DVDs, cast recordings, etc of other stage and screen versions, so read the listing carefully.