January 20, 2008
The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's broadway musical of the same title features the twisted tandem of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp stars as Sweeney Todd (formerly Benjamin Barker) who now seeks revenge for the injustice that befallen him and his family after he was thrown in prison by the corrupt Judge Turpin and raping his wife afterwards. With the help of his former landlady, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter-Burton) who takes care of the bodies of the men he killed by making them the main ingredient for her meat pies, he gives the closest shave his clients will ever get.
The movie presents some of the most prominent desires that drives people to do things that they might regret later in their lives. In short, making people the evil that they are.
Sweeney Todd, having experienced such injustice and learning that evil still roam free is now driven mad by his desire for revenge. He became so swallowed by his thirst for vengeance that he fails to see that his wife also turned mad after their experiences and can't find any place in his heart for his daughter, Joanna.
Mrs. Lovett, driven by love for Sweeney Todd helped him with his madness and even cooked human pies for him out of her desire to be with him forever. In the end it was revealed that her blind love even drove her to lie about what really happened to his wife.
Judge Turpin, full of power and himself is driven by his lust for pretty women, even going to lengths of even creating injustice for him to claim his prize. He even tried to marry Todd's daughter Joanne after adopting her for the reason that he wanted to protect her!
The world is indeed a big madhouse, full of either extreme normal or ab/normal people pretending to be either. People eating meat pies out of humans is an allegory of how people devour other people by abuse of power, sheer cruelty and the like.
January 3, 2008
Took me years before I finally got hold of the extended edition of LOTR (they're still not the 4-disc extended edition...rar) and had the chance tom watched them. After Christmas and New Year's break I finally done it (Yey!).
If you're a die-hard fan of LOTR then it's a must for you to see the extended edition of the films. The deleted scenes helps you understand more of certain characters and events that transpired in the movie. Other heart-warming (or wrenching) scenes can be seen in the extended editions that will make you love the movie even more.
For those who have read the book then you will be happy to see some of the things that are in the book that were cut off from the released movie. Like the one with the romance of Eowyn and Faramir. Although it was not given emphasis, it was shown and given justice nonetheless.ü Even the scene where Gandalf loses his staff (now hear, children. notice that Gandalf is missing his staff in the scene where he rushes to save Faramir from being burned alive when from the previous scene where he was called by Pippin he still has it).
The book is such a classic and the movie a piece of art that everyone should try to see it. I pity those who cannot stand to spare 3 hours in trying to see it whole. So I would not try to persuade them to watch the extended edition that run for 4 hours. But for those who feel me, then try to grab a copy of the extended edition and watch. For those who have the 4-disc collection of the extended edition, kindly PM me here and I would love to have a chit-chat with you about it. ^_-