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Friday, December 7, 2007

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is due out on December 21, 2007, but already is causing a buzz. Johnny Deep apparently is sing and dancing in this mouth watering box office holiday treatment especially for all you Johnny Depp fans. Ok, correction, did I say he dances, well maybe he does NOT actually dance in this film but he might as well from the excitement brewing around this late December box office release. The film is rated R due to the enormity of graphic and bloody violence throughout.

Also starring with Johnny Depp are Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Jayne Wisener. Sweeney Todd is the sixth time charmed collaboration for Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton who takes the helm of this gruesome tale with gusto to say the least. The story is about Benjamin Barker who finds himself wrongly imprisoned by a corrupt judge in 18th century London. Once released from prison Barker who is still just a little peeved off wants his revenge with a vengeance. As a transformed into local barber named Sweeney Todd, Barker serves up some of the most ghastly shaves in town.

The shaves themselves have been described as the last shave his customers will ever need. An obvious dilemma arises with regards to what he should do with the mounting bodies as a result of his especially close shaves. He surprisingly gets the absurdly evil help of a local baker called Mrs. Lovett who comes up with the idea to serve Sweeney Todd victims up in deliciously baked Shock and horror follows as her business begins to boom and the two develop one of the most perverse working relationships about town. Hence the singing and music.

Here are the three official good reasons to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

1. Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tony Awards, an Oscar, a Pulitzer, and, shockingly, The Stephen Sondheim Award.

2. It's director Tim Burton's sixth collaboration with Johnny Depp, his fifth with Helena Bonham Carter (not counting their two kids), and his third with both.

3. Sacha Baron Cohen leaves Borat behind to play wily Italian conman Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

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