16 March 2014

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow 1999
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on the short story by Washington Irving
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Jeffrey Jones, Richards Griffiths, Christopher Walken
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Christina Ricci – The Man Who Cried, The Opposite of Sex, The Ice Storm, Monster, Mermaid
    • Miranda Richardson  Paris je t’aime, Wah-Wah, The Hours, Spider, Get Carter, Harry Potter, Black Adder, Kansas City, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Dance with a Stranger
    • Michael Gambon - The King’s Speech, Harry Potter, The Book of Eli, Brideshead Revisited, Cranford, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Being Julia, Angels in America, Gosford Park, Longitude, , Mary Reilly
    • Richard Griffiths– The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Gandhi, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Comedy of Errors, Withnail and I
    • Jeffrey Jones – The Devil’s Advocate, Ed Wood, Beetlejuice, Amadeus
    • Christopher Walken -  Romance and Cigarettes, Catch Me If You Can, Suicide Kings, The Addiction, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Sarah Plain and Tall, Deer Hunter, Blast from the Past
  • Why? Johnny Depp. Eighteenth movie of JD marathon.
  • Seen: Three or four times.  Now: March 7, 2014
       JD is back to his nerdy vulnerable loveable self as Ichabod Crane. This is one of the first five or so JD films I saw back then and at the time it confirmed my impression that he was an actor I liked.
       It’s a silly film though.  It can’t seem to decide if it’s a horror story, a comedy, or a parody of both.  I don’t remember having read the original so I don’t know how faithful to it the film is but that doesn’t matter.  It’s still silly. And oddly predictable. Scientific and rational (though nerdy) JD has to admit defeat to the supernatural.
       It’s visual, sensual, dramatic and atmospheric. It’s handsomely filmed, spooky, funny at times. It’s gruesome and bloody and fake.  Christopher Walken is cool as always.
       I liked it better the first three or four times I saw it. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood this time.  But they seemed to have fun making it and because JD, CW and some of the others are very good here:

2 ½ * of 5

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