Every December, one of the major studios brings us a musical - something to lighten the spirits and brighten the holidays. This year, in the proud tradition of Chicago and Dreamgirls, we have Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. With Tim Burton at the helm, one has to wonder whether Halloween might have been a better release time. True to its stage nature, Sweeney Todd is characterized by a love of the macabre and a cutting wit. Under Burton's direction, however, it's strangely stagnant. The movie's lack of energy radiates outward from the low-key songs to the subdued performance by Johnny Depp to the desaturated color employed by cinematographer Dariusz Wolski.
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