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Thursday, October 04, 2007


Sweeney Scares Me To Death (And Not In A Good Way)

The first real trailer from Sweeney Todd has arrived (thanks, JA! And for the pics!), and I'm completely flummoxed by it. It both reaffirms my faith (the production design looks exquisite) and makes me even more worried that I was before. Why? Because it's a three-minute trailer for a movie musical, and NO ONE SINGS. EVER. Well, okay, Depp sings four bars of a bridge sequence, but it's hardly indicative of the score. You might as well hum the happy birthday song.

Why no singing? Are they trying to hide that it's a musical? Maybe...but if that's true, it's a terrible decision by the marketing department. (People will find out eventually, folks.) The only other plausible option is even worse...that the cast can't sing. And Depp does sound thin in the few bars he sings.

Help me Jesus, I'm terrified.

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Blogger J.D. said...

I'm kind of really glad you posted an actual trailer. :)

10/5/07, 12:12 AM  
Anonymous will g said...

Maybe the royalties to SS would have gone through the roof if the trailer was music-heavy? No? I just think it's probably a marketing ploy--those who aren't already aware that it's a musical are not going to be drawn in by the music. I think it looks fab, anyway.

10/5/07, 2:17 AM  
Blogger The Slabber said...

Hmmm. I agree. But why am I not surprised, even with Johnny D in the mix.

10/5/07, 7:28 AM  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

as stated on me own blog it IS a really poor decision. Hollywood still thinks it's the 80s and 90s when audiences did ignore musicals (unless they were cartoons)

considering how popular musicals have been this decade it's an outrage that they are still so terrified that people might know that they made a musical

10/5/07, 8:15 AM  
Blogger qta said...

I Totally agree with you... so worried

10/5/07, 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

while never the popular vote where these things are concerned (also probably because i have a HUGE bias) i really don't care. i think the trailer looks awesome as every other tim burton movie, and even if they don't sing, it looks like its going to be incredible.

What's the movie being pushed the most right now... The Heartbreak Kid? I'll bet any amount of money that no matter WHAT Sweeney Todd ends up being, it'll be better than that swill.

Just sayin'.



10/5/07, 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Son of Agamemnon said...

Feh. Don't get me started.

10/5/07, 10:45 AM  
Anonymous cgeye said...

Oh, God. "Epiphany", mumbled.

Len Cariou loved Sweeney so much that he gave the world his only begotten pipes. Kelsey Grammer deservedly suffered the death of a thousand bad-review paper cuts, just for daring to play him. And this mofo doesn't want to sing out loud? When the film obviously shows he's in a crowd, in an internal monologue? Like no one but him can hear him? Sing out, Louise!

Lerner and Loewe tailored MY FAIR LADY for Rex Harrison's strong acting skills and meh singing voice. Sondheim did not write Sweeney Todd to be Rex Harrisoned *by a mofo who does not sing*. If he Mars Attacks! this musical, Tim Burton is dead to me, now and forever, and he can take his goddamn design army, along with.

10/5/07, 12:11 PM  
Blogger JB said...

It's certainly a marketing ploy. Johnny Depp doesn't have a bad singing voice. Long ago he was in a band called P.

It is visually enchanting.

Likely the first of many trailers.

10/5/07, 4:33 PM  

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