Probably Not Attending to SWEENEY TODD
One of the most reasoned reviews I’ve read of the current release of the Stephen Sondheim/Tim Burton Sweeney Todd is by Andy Klein in LA’s independent City Beat: “Have Yourself A Sweeney Little Christmas!” - Dec. 20-26, 2007.
At one point he comments “The unrealistic murders on stage have become tight close-ups of throats being slit, followed by geysers of blood and all-too-believably convulsive deaths. The first killing, of Pirelli, is more than a little disturbing in its in-your-face graphicness. Burton revels in the ugliness.” (I know this may actually induce many members of today’s audiences into the theaters).
Ultimately Klein recommends the film, though he laments (as I do) the loss of Angela Lansbury’s “dotty and craven” Mrs. Lovett: “Something delightful has been lost in the translation.”
Two letters in today’s LA Times also criticize the graphic but alleged “tongue-in-cheek” gore.