Dub Cee Reviews: Sleepy Hollow (2000)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer(s): Washington Irvin (Story), Kevin Yagher and Andrew Kevin Walker (Screen Story)
I am just going to put this out there right off the top. Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors. Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken are two of my favorite actors. Finally, Christina Ricci is one of my favorite actresses and hey, she is hot, which is never a bad thing to have in your leading female. That all said, I am not a huge fan of this movie. I do not hate it. I have actually watched it a few times. That said, let’s take a look at it.
Sleepy Hollow, as you might have guessed, is a retelling of the classic short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Needless to say, turning a short story into a 105 min movie requires some creative liecense by the writers. And they use it. Ichabod Crane (Depp) is an exiled and mocked police inspector who is sent to the village of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of deaths. Upon his arrival he learns of the details of the murders. The heads of the victims have been removed and the heads cannot be found. The locals are tell the tale of a brutal Hessian (Walken) who was killed by Colonists during the Revolution. When he was captured, his decapitated and his head buried with the body. Legend has it that whoever controls the head of the Horseman, also controls his reanimated body.
Ricci plays the daughter of one of the prominent locals who we later learn is involed in a massive paternity cover up which Crane slowly…and I do mean slowly unravels. Casper Van Dien has a small role as the local young hot shot. He fights well but eventually has to split. Once you see the movie you will get the joke…and its the same level of humor as you will find in the movie. For example, our heroes are fleeing into a windmill to escape the Horseman. The person controlling the Horseman sees them and remarks, “Watch your head!” See, clever.
Overall, there are a couple of somewhat humorous moments and its a decent whodunit but I thought the movie was too slow and too cheesy even for me.