There is No Place Like London

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In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) (aka Sweeney Todd) has all that he wants, which is a wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly) and a daughter Johanna (Jayne Wisener). The antagonist Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) takes a liking to Benjamin’s wife and he accuses Barker of a crime that he did not commit. Fifteen years later, Benjamin Barker adopts a new identity and vows to seek vengeance against the people that hurt him the most. The vengeance starts when he befriends a poor pie owner Ms. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), who uses the human bodies that Sweeney kills for meat pies, which eventually leads to the demise of Ms. Lovett of being thrown into the pie oven and Sweeney Todd by having his throat slashed.
To understand Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the viewer must first understand its creator who is Tim Burton. Burton, who is known for films that contain dark and macabre themes makes the viewer think about film in a more distinct way. Tim Burton is known to be a director that makes non-statitc films, which means that its lessons are applicable today. He purposely does this so it would be hard to justify his films into one specific category. Sweeney Todd is a representation of the applying his views on film and making it relevant to the modern day.Tim Burton uses dark and macabre imagery by the song “There is no place like London: and the death of Sweeney Todd to help the viewer understand how 18th century ideas can be applied to the modern day. He uses London as a representation to complement these two particular events and its outcomes in both of these two particular scenes.
Before one explores Sweeney Todd, it is also imperative that the viewer understands Tim B...

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...re merriment to an unremittingly nihilsm vision of humanity”. (Death). This comparison to cannabalism helps us understand capitalism in its cruelest form. Throughout the film, we see that Sweeney Todd has an aversion to London, which the privileged few ruled. In comparison, Sweeney thought that in order to get back at the rich then one must be able to fight back and resist their power.

In conclusion Tim Burton uses dark and macabre imagery by the song “There is no place like London: and the death of Sweeney Todd to help the viewer understand how 18th century ideas can be applied to the modern day. He uses London as a representation to complement these two particular events and its outcomes in both of these two particular scenes. In effect, the viewer has a better understanding of who Tim Burton is as a creator and showing his creativity through Sweeney Todd.
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