Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays from SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd may not be my favorite film of the year, but there is something about a little misanthropy around the holidays that makes me happy. The best thing about the pessimistic and bloody Sweeney Todd is that it opened Christmas weekend. Sweeney Todd may very well be the darkest film ever made with the average tone being a dark grey. Sure, it's a musical and the murder has a lighter tone than, say, the Saw series, but even at the hand of Burton, Sweeney Todd is bluntly grim. The theme at the heart of this film is undeniably dire: we all deserve to die.

"Now we all deserve to die
Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why.
Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief
For the rest of us death will be a relief
We all deserve to die."

If you are feeling a little gloomy around the Holidays, Sweeney Todd may just cheery you up a little bit. Happy Holidays!

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