Sweeney Todd surprises audience
I've been saying since the first promotional clip for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street came out, well actually the second since the first featured a tiny piece of singing, that the trailers and teasers have been misleading about the film for they featured no singing, no musical numbers.
Now we're hearing that a few audience members are actually leaving the cinema when the songs begin, and the reported comments would suggest that they've been fooled too.
There's been nothing really said about the fact that Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical in any of the material I've seen that is intended for the cinema going audience, particularly the teasers and trailers that are playing in the cinema.
Of course if you're reading about films on the Internet then you're more likely to know it is, and if you knew that there was a Sweeney Todd musical - and I didn't before investigating the film to write about it - then of course you could make the connection, after all a film with the same name would have to be a musical wouldn't it?
The main promotional item that the audience see is the trailer, and that's not shown anything about it being a musical, it looks just like a typical Tim Burton horror - and that's another issue for me.
So over at Hollywood Elsewhere Jeffrey Wells has pulled a few of his readers comments together:
"I attended the Friday 4:35 pm screening of Sweeney Todd at The Grove. A full house at the beginning, though numerous walk outs [happened] during first two songs. The film was not sold as a musical and I believe these people were Pirates fans who were caught off guard."
I'm not surprised. I think you'll see a lot of people who are, and if I hadn't been writing about films and reading many internet film sites multiple times a day, I would be relying on the trailer alone and I would be surprised to see a musical.
Under the Sale of Goods Act (Revised) in the UK I'd be quite entitled to my money back as the goods were not "sold as described".
It's one thing when a film disguises the fact that it's rubbish in a trailer, that's almost expected, but when it disguises what it actually is, that's another.