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Depp cuts a dash in gory new adaptation

PUBLISHED: 15:35 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:29 01 July 2010

OLD friends Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are on top form in this gory adaptation of The Stephen Sonheim musical about a barber who chops up his clients with a cutthroat razor and turns their dead bodies into meat pies.

SWEENEY TODD

Cert 18

OLD friends Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are on top form in this gory adaptation of The Stephen Sonheim musical about a barber who chops up his clients with a cutthroat razor and turns their dead bodies into meat pies.

Benjamin Barker was a simple barber who doted on his wife and baby daughter but things went awry for the young man when his pretty wife caught the eye of the lascivious Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) who set Barker up on a false charge and had him shipped off to Australia. Fifteen years later when he returns to London the barber is a changed man.

While searching for his wife the barber meets his former landlady Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) who tells him that his wife went mad and took her own life, and that the judge now plans to marry Johanna (Jayne Wisener), Sweeney's daughter.

The barber vows to take his revenge on Turpin and along the way teams up with Mrs Lovett who owns a pie shop

Depp devours the role with gusto and turns in another top drawer performance as an eccentric antihero. Bonham Carter is similarly well cast and is both funny and touching by turns.

Like the majority of Burton's output the look of the film is first class. Victorian London is depicted as full of grime-encrusted cobble stone streets and dimly-lit alleys as dark as the sadistic barber's heart.

* Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens in cinemas Friday.

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