Hot on the DVD Trail: Dark Oscar Nominated Films Hit DVD! Third Entry: Oscar Nominated Sweeney Todd!
There have been a flurry of new films coming out on DVD– and this includes Oscar winning and Oscar nominated films. What’s really interesting is the timing of several films being released at one time– 3 Oscar nominated films (* 2 are winners in different categories) that are very dark in tone, theme and the acting – both in the key performers and the cast — is totally superb.
The final installment of the “dark” movies trilogy is Sweeney Todd.
This is another dark, deep movie. Obviously Tim Burton’s fingerprints are all over this stage musical moving to screen. On stage, there was less blood and gore and now given Tim Burton’s dark nature and propensity for twisted stories (and I am a huge fan but let’s be honest), Sweeney Todd has morphed into a Rated R category for good reason and is NOT suitable for children as the other dark Oscar nominated films are not suitable for children either!
I love the actors! Johnny Depp shows great courage in singing and he’s got talent there and could easily go to the stage now. Helena Bonham Carter is at her finest as a dark, not-quite-sinister accomplice/lover and enabler. Alan Rickman is amazing. He’s one of the most under-rated actors out there. There are times when I like dark films but I also don’t want to see a ton of blood either.. and this one has some seriously twisted aspects. I can handle Dexter (the TV show) but I can’t handle this. Don’t know why, maybe because it’s on a smaller box or less realistic or because Tim Burton infuses so much depth, passion and pain in these movies. However of the three, this might be the most human in terms of seeing the pain, agony, transformation and retribution that Sweeney Todd is extracting– drop by bloody drop.
Sweeney Todd is available at Amazon.com
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