Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Oct. 5 of our attempt to watch a Halloween-y movie every night, and we chose to watch Johnny Depp again, this time in Sleepy Hollow. It's funny . . . Johnny Depp is one of those people who doesn't seem to age, but after watching 2012's Dark Shadows and then 1999's Sleepy Hollow, we could see just how much he has indeed changed. (And yes, I realize he's wearing tons of makeup in Dark Shadows.)
Ya know, this is supposedly an old children's tale or something and yet I've never been all that familiar with it. And watching it, I'm wondering what the heck sort of stories were told to kids in days of old?! I've heard many times that the sugary sweet stories we all grew up on were originally quite brutal and gruesome. It's just kinda funny to think about. With this story in particular, I wonder how much the movie pulled from it, or if huge liberties were taken, because it seems quite adult too me.
Ambitious young detective Ichabod Crane is sent to investigate recent murders in a far away little town called Sleepy Hollow. His big city colleagues seem to be laughing at this assignment, like it's a 'Good riddance!' move. Ichabod goes though, and finds the town is not very welcoming or helpful either. Because this is a Tim Burton movie, you see a lot of familiar faces, and you're never quite sure if things are supposed to be funny or not. Ichabod has that sort of bumbling, over the top quality that is so familiar from Johnny Depp.
With very little help from the townsfolk, Ichabod digs deeper into the murders and the secrets these people hold. He also finds himself smitten with Katrina, the daughter of the town's most prominent citizen. There is a serious scene between Ichabod and Katrina, when he's been fighting off a fever and they have a deep discussion . . . and Johnny Depp is sooooo beautiful. Oh my, oh my.
(It's from this scene, but I couldn't find a better picture. Boo.)
While I did like this movie, there were times I found it confusing trying to keep everything straight. Like who was keeping what secret and why was it connected to the next. Even afterwards (and I've seen this movie twice) I can't remember how some events fell into place. But oh well, it's a fun movie to watch.