In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Sweeney me

There's a hole in the world like a great black pit
and it's filled with people who are filled with shit.
And the vermin of the world inhabit it.

This past Sunday, a bunch of us headed out to see Sweeney Todd. For some reason, it was deemed acceptable that we catch the 10:20 showing, which in my opinion is an ungodly hour for a movie on a Sunday. Not to mention that I think it's actually against the law the see a Tim Burton film during the hours of daylight. It just dosen't seem right somehow. If you can't manage a midnight showing then it should at least be after sunset. I managed to stagger my way there on time but it was a pretty close thing.

Overall, I liked it a lot. I had never seen or heard Sweeney Todd before, other than a snippet on NPR sung by Angela Lansbury. I went in with some amount of trepidation because most musicals either click with you or end up being irritating as hell. Not to mention that George had seen it recently and written a screed about it over the mailing list. He had apparently thought it would make for a good date movie. That might have worked out if he were dating a goth but apparently a flick about slitting throats with blood gushing everywhere and cannibalism didn't put his paramor in the mood.

As for the film, it was just classic Burton. Everything from the gothic setting with the washed out colors to the surreal beach scenes during the song 'By the Sea'. The only complaint that I think George hit on the nose is that the singing was a little lackluster at times. I'm not sure that's due to the voices as much as it didn't seem they were supported enough audio enhancement. It just seemed a bit too hollow in some odd places. The only reason I don't think it's just a voice issue is that I noticed pretty huge differences in a couple of Tobias's songs. In some his voice sounded pretty rich and strong and in others, hollow and weak.

The story and plot appealed to me, though that's probably no surprise. Dark and misanthropic is right up my alley. I've already grabbed the broadway cast recording in addition to the movie soundtrack that Randy got me and I'm looking forward to learning some of the songs. It's not exactly the sort of thing people usually wander around singing to themselves, but I've never quite been like most people.
Tags: movie club, movie club: sweeney todd, musicals

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