I have to admit, Tim Burton’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, wasn’t really on my radar throughout its various stages of production, but now that it’s only a couple of months away from release, I am definitely looking forward to it. (It’s just one of several interesting films that are scheduled to hit theatres in time for Christmas.) The movie stars Burton’s favourite muse Johnny Depp as Benjamin Barker, a man who is banished from London by a corrupt judge, only to return as Sweeney Todd, a vengeful barber bent on murdering all those responsible. Helena Bonham Carter also stars as Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a Meat Pie Shop who may or may not use some rather disturbing ingredients. And just to mix things up a bit, the film features appearances by Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen of all people.
As you will notice in the trailer, Stephen Sondheim’s music has indeed been preserved in the film version; indeed, it comes across as a bit odd to see Depp’s character suddenly break out into song for the first time. But hey, this is a Tim Burton film, and it is this strange mixture of darkness and fairy tale that he is best known for. Sweeney Todd hits theatres on December 21st; check out the trailer now via the link below and let us know what you think.» Related Link: Yahoo!: Sweeney Todd trailer