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A generally par adaptation.
I just saw Sweeney Todd, and seeing the message board, I realize that I could argue for hours about this movie. Most people seem to have loved it. I however, disagree. Though it was enjoyable, I don't think, for me, there's a version of Sweeney that couldn't be. I first saw the show at 11, and I fell in love. It is by far my favorite musical. Learning that Johnny Depp was the titular character wasn't even that disheartening. Today, I was very excited. I entered the theater with high expectations. I feel slightly cheated. I'll start from the beginning. The singing is superb. I especially love Johanna and Toby's voices. There were a few flaws (WHY OH WHY CAN'T JOHNNY SING DOWN THE OCTAVE?!?! AND WHY CAN'T HELENA USE HER CHEST VOICE?), I felt, all things considered, the voices were great. Next - casting. I felt that Johnny, though a given in almost any Burton film, just wasn't right. His pensive, pouty face was employed the vast majority of the movie, and someone needs to tell him that lowering your voice to a whisper and then randomly inserting "Trekkie Monster"-esquire grunts does NOT equal instant drama. Next, Helena. Also a given, but i felt like she stole the show. She really, really was terrific. Antony, on the other hand, just was not built for the part. Wiry and bug-eyed, he did not fit the picture of a young sailor infatuate with love. Rickman, who I was looking forward to, proved to be frail and unconvincing (possibly brought on be the cut of "Johanna"). The beadle was just right (though his singing could have been improved). Toby and Johanna, as previously stated, were terrific. And Sacha, fittingly dressed up like Princess Leia with a codpiece, was perfect. Burton, I felt, was not the right director. I simply hated the stylism. The blood looked like paint, not effective, more laughable. Many directorial choices were rather ridiculous. The fast motion pans of London early in the film looked exactly like an interactive DVD menu. Besides those main points, the set and costumes, makeup and hair added to the feel. Though it seems like I don't offer very much criticism, the amount I did give was important. Directing and main characters need to be perfect for me to enjoy a film. And though Sweeney, one of the hardest characters to master, can often be accepted as the way Depp portrayed him, I was expecting more. The black humor seemed a bit more fan service then actually clever. My final word: though impressed, I was disappointed that it turned into a Burton/Depp movie instead of what it was meant to be, a Sweeney movie.
The Village (2004)
M. Night Shyamalan, what went wrong?
A while ago, i watched "The sixth sense" on TV. It was the first time that i ever watched an m. night shyamalan movie, and, being a pansy, i turned it off after i saw the people hanging in the hallway. And yet, i was still intrigued. I loved the masterful storytelling, intricate plot, and great acting. Then, i watched signs on TV. Once again, i loved it!!! Signs has a great plot with a neat twist ending, and i also loved how everything had a purpose and came together in the end. By then, i had fallen in love with Mr. Shyamalan and rented "Unbreakable". Not as good as the last two, but still Extremeley enjoyable!!
Then i rented the village. From the first scene (which happens to be of a funeral), i could tell that this was not going to be great. Adrean Brody and Joaquin Pheonix's parts are both dull and boring. Hell, i couldn't even tell that the blind girl was blind for about the first 15 minutes Then there was the "monsters" who lived in the woods. When i saw the marks on the doors, i felt that those could be used for something really creepy, but, alas, i was wrong. The monster costumes were so garish i felt like i was watching scooby-doo. I basically had lost all hope for the movie by then.Then, Joaquin Pheonix's character is Horribly injured, for no reason other then to get the plot (or lack there of) moving. Bryce Dallas Howard's character then goes off into the woods, where she is chased around by adrean brody (in a full body monster suit) until she kills him. She also meets with some really weird things (a gaping hole in the ground, a tree with bottles attached), and yet nothing much happens. Bryce Dallas Howard basically walks by them.
Then, we meet the twist ending, and herein lies the spoilers.
So, we return to the village, where they bring back up the concept of the "Forbidden Box" Which they BARELEY mentioned at all before, and we learn the truth. The village is actually just a group of people who suffered trauma who wanted to escape from modern life. Wow. So scary isn't it? And then, We expect the movie the movie to have about 5 more minutes. But noooo, we then watch intently for another 20 minutes as boring people get medicine (boringly) and Bryce Dallas Howard makes her long trip home.
Some stuff i forgot to mention was M. Night's Trademark use of color, but unfortunately, one of the colors was a grotesque yellow. Bleh.
By the end, this movie had CRAPPY acting, A CRAPPY plot, CRAPPY writing and a CRAPPY twist.
I hope that "Lady in the water" will redeem M. Night Shyamalan, and even though it has Bryce Dallas Howard (who i hope is a lot better now), it also has paul giamatti, who is a GREAT actor who i LOVED in American Splendor and Cinderrella man. And there you have it folks, a blow by blow of the worst M. Night Shyamalan so far. But, i always give people second chances, and i still love his other movies, so, i still respect him. Just, make this one up to your legions of adoring fans, please?