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Old November 1 2010, 02:43 AM   #771
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

80. The Corpse Bride (B)
81. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (B+)

Ah, Tim, we meet again.

So apparently the Harry Potter films shut down for a few weeks and a bunch of the actors carpooled over to star in a Tim Burton film while waiting for things to start up again. And, of course, Johnny Depp is here. Seriously, he hasn't made a movie without Depp and/or Helena Bonham Carter since 1996. Anyway, this one's a musical, albeit an incredibly bloody one (which created some serious promotional problems). Depp and Carter, the leads, do their own singing, and they're both decent, but not quite to the level of making a lot of the songs really soar (I wasn't humming any of them when it was over, though "Pretty Women" in particular is well-staged and memorable). Some of the supporting actors are better singers. Depp doesn't give a bad performance, but this is far from his best work; Carter's turn as Mrs. Lovett is more dementedly interesting. Enjoyably macabre, if not quite spectacular.
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