Barber of gore - Page 2

Tim Burton's inspired Sweeney Todd is black and red all over

The result won't necessarily please Sondheim purists, but it does lend the material more pathos than usual, especially in the quintessentially macabre-sweet take on "By the Sea" and the empty comfort of "Not While I'm Around." The best movie adaptations of other forms usually succeed because they take the spirit of the original and make it cinema, absolute fidelity be damned. This Sweeney Todd is a practically perfect expression of Burton's art. But Sondheim comes off all right too. *


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