Watch This: Johnny Depp kills ’em and Helena Bonham Carter grills ’em in Sweeney Todd
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The belated release of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno has us hankering for other movies about cannibalism. Bon appétit.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
The songs in Stephen Sondheim’s musicals so eloquently express his characters’ romantic and creative dissatisfactions, he may not get as much credit as he deserves for how he critiques the cultures that created his heroes. Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony-winning 1979 musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street is mostly about the corrosive effects of revenge and romantic obsession on a handful of interconnected Victorian Londoners. But it’s also a cutting (some pun intended) inquiry into a cruelly imbalanced class system. Sondheim and Wheeler play on the audience’s sense of injustice and outrage, and help to construct …