The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Famed mystery writer, Mort Rainey (Depp) is confronted by a mysterious stranger outside his house. This stranger calls himself John Shooter (Turturro) and claims that Mort has stolen an idea for a story from him. Mort says he can prove he wrote his first, but whilst Mort waits for the evidence to appear, Shooter starts to become more and more violent. Written by
Johnny Depp's character's name is Morton Rainey. Toward the end of the movie, this character purchases three items at the grocer's. One of the items is a box of MORTON's salt whose motto is: "When it rains it pours." Thus Morton Rainey. See more »
In the scene of Mort at the hotel driving away in his car, he looks in the left hand mirror which has the words "Objects in this mirror are closer than they appear." In actual fact, that label is only on the right hand mirror in cars, and appears to have been applied to the left hand mirror for the movie using a cheap sticker label. See more »
Turn around. Turn around. Turn the car around and get the hell out of here. Right now. Don't go back. Do not go back there.
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At the end of the credits Johnny Depp can be briefly heard singing "Shortnin' Bread". See more »
I have read the reviews of this film done by "professional" reviewers and am left with the opinion that these people must be influenced by the movies producers. Are they given special perks? Do they get to have lunch with Johnny Depp if they write a favorable review?
The only redeeming aspect of this movie is Johnny Depp. His acting ability almost makes this film worth watching but other than that I fail to see why anyone would care.
This film was cliche, contrived and very predictable. There was nothing new or interesting in the story other than a few scenes between Depp, his ex-wife and her new lover. Other than that it's all been done before... only better.
Unless you are a hard-core Johnny Depp fan I'd advise looking elsewhere.
** out of *****
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