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Set in 70’s London, Sweeney Todd follows the life of the wrongly imprisoned Benjamin Barker, who develops from an accomplished barber and family man to the vindictive slaughterer and becoming ‘Sweeney Todd’. In a flash back we learn he was married to Lucy Barker with a toddler Joanna and how he was ‘transported for life’, he is accused of a false charge or ‘foolishness’ as Mrs. Lovett explains in her song ‘poor thing’ and is sentenced to hard labour in Australia by the egotistic Judge Turpin, who had his eye on Barkers striking wife. After 15 years of ‘rotting in a living hell’ Benjamin returns home. We first see him on a ship with the young Anthony Hope, whilst Anthony sings about the wonders of the world and then compares it to the ‘wonderful’ London, Todd contrasts by singing about the wonders of the world and comparing them to the ‘cruelty of man’ then referring to London as ‘a great black pit’ and that the ‘vermin of the world inhabit it’. At this time we don’t know of Todd’s motives so we’re instantly introduced to a sinister Sweeney. Following a short dialog between the two men, Todd sings about his past, unravelling the story, and giving the viewers an attachment to Sweeney making us feel some sympathy towards him.
Following Todd, we experience camera angles that take us through the streets of London, giving the effect that we are actually in dark dusty London. Concluding the journey we join Todd again outside ‘Mrs. Lovett’s pie shop’. Upon entering the shop, he sees Mrs. Lovett preparing pies and goes to leave, she looks up and spots him, she then starts to sing about her ‘worst pies in London’ inviting Todd to sit down and giving him a pie. Through the song we see Mrs. Lovett progressing in making the pies as she does the activities to the beat of the music; the fast paced song is like a one way conversation as she sings ‘go on take a bite’. We see Sweeney’s replies through his actions as he spits out the pie and Mrs. Lovett sings ‘is that just disgusting?’ He takes a sip of liquor to get the taste out of his mouth, but is still sickened by it, he tries to speak many times through the song and upon closing the song where she states ‘times is hard’ expressing her hard labour and the poor living conditions, she offers Todd a drink of hard liquor and takes him into the next room. Todd inquires about the room over the shop which we learn is his room in the next song ‘poor thing’. We also learn in conjunction with Todd that ...
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