I've seen it twice already, and I love it! I have the songs stuck in my head all day (my fav is A Little Priest, but for the past few days, I can't get My Friends out of my head. And when the lines are work are long, I find myself thinking, "Don't we all deserve to die?" ("Even you, Mrs Lovett, even I" lol)
I thought everyone sang wonderfully, especially since they weren't trained as singers. They're trained ACTORS, yet they could still carry a tune and carry it well. It depends on the person, of course, but I thought the songs were catchy and quirky and easy to listen to more than once.
And yes, it's bloody. Apparantly that's the point of the broadway show, or it used to be, anyway. The show had really massive amounts of blood, obscene amounts of blood, that was part of Sweeney Todd's charm. Over the years, the production cut back on the amount of blood, and (according to Tim Burton) the production lost a little something as a result. So Tim Burton made sure to have a LOT of blood in the movie (in one killing, blood splatters the camera, lol).
For the record, the story is that there's a barber, Benjamin Barker, who has a wife and daughter. There's Judge Turpin, however, who lusts after Benjamin's wife (Lucy), so he convicts Barker of a false crime and sends him away to jail for life, and then tries to pursue Lucy. She spurns his advances, though, and then takes arsenic after a tramautic incident. Judge Turpin then takes in the baby (Johanna) and raises her as his own while he waits for her to become of age so he can marry her (part of his lust for Lucy, I believe). Fast forward 15 years, and Benjamin Barker is back, under a new name of Sweeney Todd. When he discovers that his wife and baby aren't waiting for him like he'd been dreaming of, it was sort of the last straw. It was that dreaming that kept him sane all those years, and now his family was gone. So he vows vengeance on Judge Turpin, and kind of "loses it" a little bit and starts killing other people. When he comes back home to London, he meets Mrs Lovett, who owns a meat pie shop under his barber shop. She is a lonely woman and immediately falls in love with Sweeney and will do anything for him. So the plan becomes this: Sweeney Todd kills his customers and sends their bodies down to the, well, lets call it the cooking room (not the kitchen). Mrs Lovett in turn bakes the bodies into meat pies, and serves them in her shop (which becomes a success; previously, she was known for having the worst meat pies in London). It's Mrs Lovett who cooks up this idea, and Sweeney who thinks it's brilliant. I thought it was an interesting plot that Mrs Lovett was so enchanted by Todd; he in turn was completely oblivious, yet she keeps trying to attain his attention. "My Friends" is a great display of this, as he's crooning to his razors ("You've been locked out of sight, all these years, like me, my friends." and "Now I've come home, to find you're waiting." The razors are basically the only family he has left). He's focussed on his razors, singing, and Mrs Lovett is singing in the background ("I'm your friend, too, Mr Todd") but he completely ignores her. It's just him and his razors in the room. But even though she keeps getting burned (and in some cases, threatened with a razor, lol), she keeps trying to win his affection. I thought it was really sad.
I hadn't heard of Sweeney Todd before this movie was made, but I'm fascinated by it. The story is just so sad, you can't help but pity Sweeney Todd and pity the fates of what might have been (if Judge Turpin hadn't been such a hormonal creep, a serial killer wouldn't have been born). Granted, I do love the Burton-Depp movies, and I admit I totally love the idea of Johnny Depp singing (is there nothing the man can't do?), but man, I just love this movie. Probably the most pulse-quickening scene is when Judge Turpin comes in for a shave (the poor sucker; he doesn't recognize Sweeney Todd, aka Benjamin Barker). Turpin and Todd are both singing ("Pretty Women," another good song, probably one of the best ones in this movie) and Todd is turning maniacal in tune with the music (as it's getting faster and faster), as he gets closer and closer to slicing Turpin's neck with the barber knife. Since I'm on the subject, here's a clip of that scene (Alan Rickman fans, he's the one playing Judge Turpin; I'm using this as bait to bring mom to see the movie, even though she HATES gore, lol)http://youtube.com/watch?v=U3RbaVZv34w
And speaking of Tim Burton and Helena BonHam Carter: no, they're not married, but they're "together" (parters, just like Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paridis, who've been together 9 years and have two kids. I hear, though, that after the health scare with Lily-Rose, Johnny and Vanessa plan to marry in the spring). Coincidently, though, Helena got pregnant in the last half of filming Sweeney Todd (she herself says you can kind of see it in the movie, in the changing sizes of her bosom, lol), and she gave birth to a little girl almost exactly a week before Sweeny Todd opened in theatres.
EDIT: Jeez, can you tell I love this movie? lol