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Film Review - Sleepy Hollow
What I like most about a Tim Burton film is the lighting, the inherent gloominess he uses to paint the world. Sleepy Hollow follows this Burton tradition, using mostly grays and blue-grays in his visual design. Based on the story by Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow is the story of Police Constable Ichabod Crane's investigation of bizarre murders in a small New England town. Johnny Depp plays Crane as a bit of a misfit trying to use logic in a mostly superstitious situation. Crane is out of his element, which becomes his appeal.
If you have to slam this film for anything, it would be for a couple scenes that either are gratuitous or completely unneccesary. One is where the headless horseman starts hunting down a small boy who is hiding under the floor of his home. The horseman has just murdered the boy's parents. This continuation of the scene makes no sense because the horseman only murders people an evil witch curses, and goes too far because it is terror for no reason. In another scene Crane is being chased by the horseman carrying a flaming jack-o-lantern. The horseman throws the pumpkin at Crane, hitting him on the head. The horseman turns out the be a teenager in disguise playing a prank. This scene is not connected to the story in any way. It doesn't make sense, because everyone in Sleepy Hollow is too terrified to go out at night.
Enventualy, the film just loses its way. The end is not satisfying at all; in fact, it is anti-climatic. When it comes to Sleepy Hollow come for the design, but check your brain at the door.
Directed by Tim Burton
Released in 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo