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"No Place Like London"

I went to see the Tim Burton remake of Sweeny Todd this weekend. On some level, I knew it was a remake; however, I did not know that it was a musical. This was rather unexpected, to say the least. My first clue was when I saw Stephen Sondheim's name in the opening credits. It was actually an entertaining movie and story line (even if a bit twisted). The singing was better than one might expect from a group of (I assume) non-singers, although some of the lyrics were a bit unintelligible between the accents (both real and faked) and the multiple parts singing over one another. The look and feel of the movie was similar to Sleepy Hollow or some of the mansion scenes of Edward Scissorhands: dark and desaturated with mostly gray tones. This made the punctuation of color, mainly blood, much more pronounced. And speaking of blood, this had a lot of the really fake looking blood. I think Tim Burton really enjoys the sight gag of cutting someone and having their blood spray across the room, drenching everything in its path. The blood effects reminded me of either old samurai movies or what one might see in anime. This seemed to turn the attention away from the blood as gore and lend a bit of a fairy tale feel to the movie.


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MSines [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Thanks for limiting the spoilers.

Although, I have to know...is it worth the theater viewing on the big screen or can you get the same feelings from a small television screen?

iheffner [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I unless I think the movie is "meh" I would almost always recommend the theater experience. It's not just the big screen; there's also the sound. Unless you have a good home theater system, you won't get the same auditory experience. And let me tell you, there really isn't anything quite like hearing flesh splatter on cobblestone in full theater surround sound. :-)

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