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Initially skeptical because of musical element - however, had to keep watching due to the intrigue. Just had to keep watching, and ended up loving it! Have talked about it to loads of people that... Read more felt the same way. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter do a great job of their characters in this unusual genre of Horror/Musical.
Johnny Depthless. Texas chainsaw massacre as an opera. Definitely meant to be a cult movie like Rocky Horror, but fails miserably.too much gore not enough talent.
I don't quite know what kept me watching this movie, when I heard the singing start up I had to laugh, but it was actually a great movie and if you look past the singing and try to feel the music, which... Read more helps dramatise the characters feelings and messages its really quite brilliant!
I forgot this was a musical, or that it is rated as a 'horror/slasher' type movie. Normally I don't watch either of those genres. In this film, the horror relates to the blood and concept of the story... Read more and the slasher to the actual scenes of cutting, but I couldn't help laughing at the way it all looked a fraction pythonesque: a bit like the tennis and piano sing-a-long sketch; hands chopped off under the weight of slammed piano lids and tennis rackets or balls knocking off heads etc etc. The fillings that the pie maker was putting in her pies in her pre-mince days looked like something kids would love to imagine: Opaque chunky green-grey goop oozing from the pastry and cockroaches crawling around the tables.
This film is certainly not a real seriously terrifying horror, but not one for the kids either. They even tried to do something symbolic with the blood in the final scene. I guess now that it was a suggestion that bad blood blinds us to our actions, but at the time I was still chuckling over the extremely high blood pressure systems these characters had. One slice and it was like a fire hose had burst!
This ones' a bit different, to say the least. Without the operatic singing this would have been 5 stars, but I guess it had to be there as the songs told an important part of the story. A missed opportunity... Read more, but not by much. Still worth a watch, though.
This is a film adaptation of one of the most famous, award winning pieces of musical theatre in history. The score is considered to be one of the all time greats. And there are actually people on this... Read more site telling us that the music was entirely unnecessary. It's ALL about the music, people! I had the good fortune to see this sensational show on Broadway with Angela Lansbury playing Mrs Lovett - and that's the main thing that's missing from the film, as good as it is. Helena Bonham Carter isn't funny, and Miss Lansbury was hilarious. The character is supposed to be the wicked light relief, and the film lacks that. About an hour is missing from the original score, but what's there are the highlights. Johnny Depp is good, but this show needs serious singers, which he's not. It's demanding musically-it is Stephen Sondheim after all, but if you're really listening, the score it's sublime, and the orchestrations are stunning. Dark, witty, and it's really got something to say.
Johnny Depp at his best, however the singing is quire unnecessary
Odd and odder. A mixed bag this one. I think it would have been brilliant as an historic gothic horror, but as a musical, didn't really gel. Costumes and filming were amazing, but the singing too incongruous and a bit daft.
Not one of Johnny Depp's best movie but i loved all the gore and guts was funny at parts and being set in the London times was enjoyable. I wonder if they'll be a second movie to it?
Brilliant film adaption of the musical. It's gory and bloody (just like the stage musical) and Burton's style radiates through it. Well done cast and crew.