If there’s a cult movie to ever take over Rocky Horror’s legendary midnight show status, Sweeney Todd is it. After seeing how much blood Depp draws with only a razor in Sweeney Todd I don’t know how he and director Tim Burton were able to resist making Edward Scissorhands a blood-drenched slasher. There is, believe me, a lot of throat-slitting in Sweeney Todd, and it’s wonderfully obvious that Burton and Depp had a lot of fun with each and every one.
The incredibly dark humor and style of Sondheim’s classic musical is a spot-on perfect fit for Burton. All the streets and buildings surrounding and including Mrs. Lovett’s shop are all unmistakably Burton’s creations, but unlike some of Burton’s past films they don’t seem out of place. The scenery matches both the wild blood-filled scenes and the humorous musical numbers equally. In short, Sweeney Todd just looks beautiful, and doesn’t feel over-stylized one bit.
And yes, Johnny Depp can sing. Though it’s fairly obvious that Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were chosen for their roles due to their acting talent and not their singing voices, they pull it off just fine.