Sweeney Todd Getting Killer Reviews

StoddSome lucky industry hipsters have already had a peek at Sweeney Todd, and the word on the street is that it kicks ass. We get the skinny from the horse’s mouth via cinematical:

Several people who have attended the first critic’s screenings of Sweeney Todd — a.k.a., not me — are declaring themselves totally wowed, although they’re all bending over backwards to respect an embargo. Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere was so impressed by the film that he declared Tim Burton’s decade-long decline to be now officially reversed. He also speculated that Sweeney Todd may be Burton’s best film since 1988’s Beetlejuice — high praise, indeed. Wells even goes a little overboard, stating that “at times it melted me like a candle. I was lifted, moved. I was never not aroused.”

Tom O’Neil at The Envelope starts his review thusly — “‘Sweeney Todd’ is the best pic of 2007” — pretty straightforward, no?

I love Tim Burton and look forward to everything he does. This film is certainly no exception. I am certainly tickled and pleased to hear whispers of greatness about the movie, and anxiously await my opportunity to see it.

Depp and Burton have a very long and glorious working relationship. It seems that whenever the name of Burton is mentioned, you wait to see if Depp will follow. The two work well and often together, and It is good news that they have forged a quality picture in Sweeney Todd. Depp and Burton are a timeless team that will go down in history as; Smith and Wesson, Protor and Gamble, Marijuana and Blowjobs, Whiskey and Regret, have before them.

I am wondering how much of the musical will be in the film. Generally I have a distaste for musicals, but on occasion one will punch through my crossed arms and warm the cockles of my heart. I wonder if Sweeney Todd will be another White Christmas for me.

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