25 December 2007 | lastliberal
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I do not know if the story of Sweeney Todd is based upon fact, but it sure makes for an interesting blend of horror and comedy.
One of the criticisms I have heard of the new Johnny Depp version is that you never really know why he becomes a mass murderer. Well, there is no mystery here and, if you take the time to find this film, you will know everything.
John Schlesinger, who gave us Cold Comfort Farm, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Darling and Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy, does a great job of keeping us interested in the case of the missing businessman.
Campbell Scott was riveting as the American come to London to find the property of his employers; property in the possession of said businessman when he disappeared.
You will be fascinated in the streets of London, the costuming, the atmosphere, and you will see why someone could lose their heads for a few rings.
Ben Kingsley is fabulous as the serial killer, and blends humor and horror into a role that has been described as one of the better versions of a half dozen that have been done. I think it will be hard to beat this one, but I am looking forward to examining the rest.
Excellent support by Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") and Selina Boyack in her first film.