Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween Scene: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

As I mentioned back in my post about Tim Burton's awesomeness Sleepy Hollow is one of the two big Tim Burton movies I hadn't seen. Well, considering it's Halloween season, I figured now would be the time to finally give it a whirl. And, I liked it, but didn't really love it.

Back in 1999 when this movie came out I was in high school and I think I remember my friends going to see Sleepy Hollow. I was probably working or something (that happened a lot), but unlike Halloween H20 I'm kind of glad I saw it now instead of back then. The reason for that is that a lot of this movie takes place kind of near where I live now (though, thank God, on the other side of the Hudson) and that's pretty cool.

In case I'm not the only one who waited 10 years to watch this Tim Burton directed flick, it's about Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) a forensic examiner from New York City who's sent "upstate" (New Yorkers WOULD think that two hours north of them would be upstate, regardless of the fact that there's another four or five hours of state) to investigate a series of murders in a place called Sleepy Hollow. It's the headless horseman (played sometimes by Christopher Walken) terrorizing the small town and Crane has to solve the case and get past his obsession with facts, science and reality to see if there's a real supernatural occurrence going on here. My huge high school crush Christina Ricci's in it too. And the dad from Beetlejuice.

I'm not really sure what it was about Sleepy Hollow that didn't really draw me in. It might be that I've got a lot of stuff on my mind lately. It might be that I'm a little bored with the casting of Johnny Depp as a weirdo. It might also be that I had a hard time figuring out whether the horseman was actually a supernatural being or not. I get that it's a big part of the story, Crane's struggle between science and belief (he's a one man Jack and Locke from Lost), but it kind of felt like it went too long without nailing it down one way or the other. But I did like how, in the end, it was kind of a mix of the two.

So yeah, for whatever reason the combination of my youthful crush, one of my favorite directors and over a dozen decapitations couldn't draw me in. I'm going to guess that it's just a state-of-mind thing. I don't really have any expectations for Jack-O and my mind is all over the place lately. I'll definitely have to give this one another look in the future.

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  1. This was the movie I got Megan to put aside her irrational hatred of Johnny Depp with. And you're right, it's not even that good.

  2. Had I watched it back when it came out (how crazy is it that that was 10 freaking years ago), I'd probably have a fond memory of it cause I hadn't seen so many Johnny Depp-as-a-weirdo or horror movies at that point. I still can't get enough Ricci in my life though.