At least Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is my choice of films I must see this Christmas. And I don’t even like musicals!
I love Johnny Depp. There really is not too much on his resume that I do not like. Heck it would almost be easier for me to tell you which films he did that I disliked over trying to tell you which ones I loved the best. However, The combination of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton has always proven to be a good one. Just look at their other films they have done together.
Edward Scissorhands is an excellent start. In fact you could almost site that alone as a perfect example of this pairing, but there is also Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory aka Willy Wonka and The Corpse Bride. All of these are great films.
Mr. Burton knows how to immerse us into the dark fantasy realm and Mr. Depp knows how to play the perfect characters for those worlds. I see Sweeny Todd being no different.
I just love Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He is perfectly dark, slightly mad and completely over the top in a wonderfully flamboyant way. The truly makes that character some to love rather than hate. As long as Disney keeps making them I will keep seeing them.
However, I do like the really dark characters Johnny has played in the past too. Secret Window was great. You never know until the very end just how dark and twisted he really is. Looks like Sweeny Todd will give us another taste of scary Depp. Another wonderfully twisted character for Depp was Ed Wood (I just loved seeing him in that angora sweater).
Another film he did which deserved better than what the box office suggested was From Hell the film about Jack the Ripper. Depp did an excellent job and the film was a terrific adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel. In fact I am probably going to have to pop that into the ole DVD player while I am out of work due to my accident this past Sunday. Perhaps a Johnny Depp film fest at my house is in order.
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