The Barber With Revenge on His Mind – “Sweeney Todd” Movie Review

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“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is the story (based off the hit Broadway musical) of Benjamin Barker’s plot for revenge against those who had ruined his life. Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) was once a happy, simple barber, who was married and had a child. When Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) gains interest in Barker’s wife, he trumps up a charge to have Barker deported, rapes his wife, and takes their daughter in as his own ward.

Years later, Barker returns to London in search of revenge. The years have changed his appearance and he now calls himself Sweeney Todd. When he arrives in London, he goes to see Mrs. Lovett, a long time friend. Mrs. Lovett sets him up with a work-space above her own shop and together they plot to bring Barker’s daughter Johanna back to him and take revenge on Judge Turpin. He shows off to a crowd of onlookers and attracts the attention of the town Beadle who is intrigued by his shaving skills.

 

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