Post by WildAboutJohnny on Dec 31, 2007 18:57:55 GMT -5
Having seen the film 3 times so far, I *do* see other characters of Johnny pop up in the film. When he's first trying the meat pies, I see Edward Scissorhands and a little bit of Willy Wonka (from the jungle scene). At the end, when he asks Judge Turpin, "How about a shave?" I definitely see a bit of Jack Sparrow. I also see glimpses of Ichabod Crane and Raoul Duke here and there. But I don't see this as a bad thing. Heck, he's a human being, and he has his own gestures and facial expressions, so why is this a bad thing to see some common characteristics? I say again, as I've been saying here and on IMDb, Michael Clayton looks, dresses and acts very much like Danny Ocean, but you never see people complaining about that!!
I've only seen it once so far, but I kept seeing the same things you did, the different characters coming into his partrayal of Sweeney. I think I may have even giggled when I saw a couple of Willy faces. I wonder how much more I'll pick up when I see it again.
Post by wittyjacky on Dec 31, 2007 20:01:46 GMT -5
She's singing as though she'd be talking to someone, yet somehow she isn't. She's going through the baking motions, but not the communication motions. Even though Angela Lansbury's character was very different (whack job versus desperate pragmatist), I felt the level of engagement at seeing an unexpected customer should have been comparable. "God That's Good" was another number where HBC failed to connect with people she was speaking to in the lyrics.
You can blame Tim Burton at least partially for that. He was trying really, really hard to stay away from a "theatrical" feel in the song numbers. Even Angela Lansbury made a comment about some actresses play those two numbers for the back rows, which isn't going to work in a movie. But according to the Salsbury book, Burton kept tightening things down, until he told HBC to please not gesture with her hands when she talked, just keep them down, and to keep her face a good deal more still than she'd normally have it. No raised eyebrows or eye rolls while singing, as it didn't play correctly on film.
"A Little Priest" was still comic relief, but it's gallows humor now. I think people are more upset that a lot of the schticky lines and verses were cut, the ones that could have been straight out of the english music hall.
Oh, Stacey, speaking of giggling There was one remark made in interviews that I couldn't help thinking about when I saw the film for the first time (and to a lesser extent the other two times). It nearly made me crack up, even though it was definitely the WRONG time to be laughing. It was Jayne Wisener saying something along the lines of, "should I have licked the fake blood from his face?" during the one scene they had together, in which his face was, indeed, very bloody ;D
(Where are you Jayne? You'd fit right in here at Deppography ;D )
My 'homegirl', Emily Blunt, e-mailed me her nice little simple review. She likes it. Hey Mikey!
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman Directed by: Tim Burton Music: Stephen Sondheim
Bluntly speaking? At first - looking at trailers and such – you may think, “Hmm, looks a bit like Depp and Burton crossed Edward Scissorhands and Jack Sparrow to make the dreaded foul-minded barber.” But trust dear viewer this is the world's finest character actor and the genius of celluloid after all...
It is true the themes are tre Burton and you’ll surely feel the wisps of the maestro's musings. Hell it's the returning cast from Corpse Bride for criminey...
But the stars are stars for a reason. They steal the show and you’ll be giddy by the final slicing.
The three penny opera goes...Poor Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp). His life was ruined and his spirit shattered by a powerful and evil judge. After escaping from years of hell-on-Earth plague-era prison somewhere Todd (who used to be a barber named Barker) returns to London.
The old Shoppe he lathered in is still there, though a tad in disarray. Below is a weird wench who admits to having the town’s worst pies. One Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). She is savvy business woman and figures it’s about time the rich give their all (quite literally) to the lower classes.
This idea dawns as she realizes her love (Todd) is raving mad.
There’s a whole lot of eerie abounding as you expect from Mr. Burton. But you still hope Todd gets his revenge. Fear not this is theater in its highest form and the finale is edible…
Dante Ferretti’s production work brings that filthy era of London to macabre life. The men’s wear is hilarious in the “cockle” area – well except Depp. Sorry gals. There’s no smuggled sweet potatoes pressure popping beneath sateens there.
Oh, Borat shows as comic relief – hilarious – and swiftly deleted lest he upstage the duo of HBC & JD.
The music of course is divine. The real songs are here and who knew Bonham-Carter-Burton (heimer-schmidt) and Depp could sing? Well, those who know anything about there filmography (but shush - you get my point).
Thank you again Mr. Burton, oh thank you very much sir.
Snack recommendation: Alka Seltzer and vegetarian food for a long – long time…and bring a tape recorder to copy the body smooshing sounds as diet enhancers. Use it as a digital sound when you fridge opens and viloa! you'll be thin in no time at all.
Don't ever take shit off of anyone, ever~ BettySue "... there appears to be nothing he can do about the tenacity of his beauty."~Decca Aitkenhead
"First of all, I wouldn't fuck with someone with a dead bird on their head."~J.Depp
Post by jdBurleycue on Jan 5, 2008 15:25:36 GMT -5
I attended the tale of Sweeney Todd and Tim Burton last night at the Arclight Q&A in Hollywood. Firstly, no, Johnny did not attend, but according to the event planners, they were trying desperately to get him there to be with Tim. That would have been wonderful, but it was still a great experience to see/hear Tim discuss film making (and some Johnny-stories ) Martin Landau was there and introduced Tim to the audience. I have to say that I admire Mr. Landau greatly...he is an amazing actor AND a true friend to Tim and Johnny, as he is always at events to show his support for them. To quote him, "I love this movie!" (ST)
The crowd was a perfect blend of JD & TB admirers, along with the "Hi Mr. Burton, my name is...and I'm an aspiring..." types. But hey, can't blame them for trying. Anyway, an "aspiring musical actress" asked Tim if, after the final cut, he had any regrets of the finished product. Tim made the comment that it was a little late for change and that, no, he had no regrets. A guy in the back of the theater yelled, in his best Ed Wood voice, "It was PERFECT!" Yes, indeed!
I had my third viewing this afternoon. Every second was as thrilling as the first time, and I'm happy to report that this time the sizable audience was receptive. They laughed and they gasped. I assume others have seen this but not mentioned it, but it was a lovely surprise for me, as the other theater I saw ST in did not show it: a montage of clips from Tim and Johnny's other 5 films together! It included some bits from the making of ST with Johnny and Tim each commenting about working with the other.
Still floating around - there's no place like Burton's 19th century London!