Sweeney Todd Soundtrack

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
Sweeney Todd Soundtrack Music Poster Image
Depp and others sing an entertaining, dark story.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The theme of the movie (and soundtrack) is that revenge leads to murder.

Violence

Murder and poison meat pies are part of the story.

Sex
Language

"Like a great black pit/it's filled with people who are filled with s--t."

Consumerism

Tie-in to the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sweeney Todd's story is one of revenge, jealousy, and murder -- and those dark undertones play out in every song. Although it's not explicit (such as the movie which is for older teens), it can be scary for little ones.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written bybugmenot July 20, 2009
Adult Written byhorse_gerbil April 9, 2008

Always Stuck in My Head. Wonderful Music!

Sweeney Todd, the film, is not perfect for everyone, but Sweeney Todd, the soundtrack, is for anyone of any age that enjoys music. Or anyone who enjoys Johnny D... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywoodielynn8 June 26, 2010

great songs!

all of the songs are great but some of the words, if you really pay attention, are suggestive to murder and some sexual references.
Teen, 13 years old Written byI_love_Sondheim April 9, 2008

*sigh* Ruined an amazing show....

with horrifc singers. First a little background. I LOVE Sweeney Todd, maybe crossing the line into obsession. That being said, this soundtrack is dreadful! Jo... Continue reading

What's the story?

The SWEENEY TODD SOUNDTRACK, adopted from the movie, is enjoyable, if not dark. The showtime-style music generally tells the movie's entire sad and heartbreaking story of revenge, but it's probably more exciting to see Tim Burton's movie first to get the full effect of the plot's cinematic beauty. The songs are performed by the movie's actors who essentially had no formal musical training, which adds an interesting element in bringing the characters to life -- and making the music more realistic.

Is it any good?

Johnny Depp's alto voice fits the role of the demonic barber to a tee, and the voices of Helena Bonham Carter (although she sounds like she hasn't done much singing before) and Alan Rickman add to the appeal of the dark, moody, sweeping orchestral sounds of the music.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about actors singing in movies. Do you think they should also be trained singers before they sing on the soundtrack? Or, does the lack of training make it sound more realistic -- and in turn, more interesting? Families can also talk about forgiveness. Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd) doesn't forgive his past imprisonment and exacts revenge on a whole town. Why is it important to forgive? What happens when we carry around anger? Is it easy to forgive?

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