A fun, smart script with delicious inside references.
"What's it about, then?"
"Well, there's this nurse..."
This was also the first movie for me that ever provoked a standing ovation from the audience -- not at the end, oddly, but when Judi Dench traipsed thr...(read more)ough the puddle muttering "Too late" to all the cloaks suddenly thrown down. If you see a Shakespeare movie in a university town, be prepared for the historians and English scholars in the crowd to get very excited very quickly.
That was the shortest Anthony Stewart Head cameo ever.
Although there were some flaws, both in terms of direction and character development, I thought Helena Bonham Carter was especially good. And Johnny had talent with a blade. I just wish I cared about what happened in the story. Apart from the rare grimace at Todd's slashing technique, I was rather unmoved by the whole thing. And I'm a girl who loves macabre stories about London. That's why this film remains two stars short of perfection.
And I'm still pissed that Anthony Stewart Head's song got cut out of the film. Serious grrrrr.