by Meghan Offtermatt, Assistant Editor
From the most dark and ominous alleyway comes the film of the season, Sweeney
Todd. We watch as a pair of piercing eyes emerge from the foreboding mist. As
the eerie voice overwhelms all other sounds, we see the never-faltering Johnny
Depp, as the demon barber, Sweeney Todd.
The story of Sweeney Todd begins, as all other fairytales do, peaceful and harmonious,
with a touch of perfection. Then enters the villain, a corrupt politician, seeking
personal gains at all costs. He banishes Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd/Johnny
Depp) and from him steals his beautiful wife and daughter. 15 years come to pass
and Benjamin Barker escapes from his false imprisonment, thirsty for vengeance
and a new identity. During this time a metamorphosis has occurred, and through
wrath and spite, the demon barber, the murderer, Sweeney Todd is materialized.
With the help of pie maker, Miss. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), a vision of revenge
and destruction is created for those who have wronged the menacing Sweeney Todd.
Originally a musical that opened in 1979, Sweeney Todd encompasses the clashing
musical pieces created by mastermind Stephen Sondheim, the unique voices of Johnny
Depp and Helena Bonham Carter and the voices of other, newly-introduced stars
who fill the parts of Johanna, Sweeney Todd’s daughter, and Anthony, her
suitor. The movie combines the theme dealing with what makes vengeance either
right or wrong, and forces the audience to stand in the shoes of a man thirsty
for just that.