I travelled 55 kilometres and had to beg my parents to give me a ride just so I could see this movie on its official premiere day (Feb 29) here in Finland — can you believe we had to wait all this time? — and let me tell you, it was so worth the trouble!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is absolutely brilliant. I've heard so many people complain about it being a musical (I'm not terribly fond of musicals either) but I rather liked how the singing and the story worked together! Ranging from adoring to murderous, the music helped to create the different atmospheres needed for each scene. I also think all the actors did a really good job at singing, I don't care if anyone else says otherwise.
Sweeney Todd is dark — certainly the darkest movie I have ever seen — in a very Tim Burton-y way but it also has lighter moments and touches of humour here and there. There is also a lot of (fake-looking) blood all over the place but it works really well. Even I thought it looked good and I can't really watch splatter films or anything too gory without getting annoyed at all the blood that is sprayed around. In this movie the great story and the well-played characters helped to keep the balance.
Full marks to all the actors and the director. This movie will definitely stay at the top of my list of favourite movies for a long, long time.