Sunday, October 23, 2011

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow": Tim Burton vs. Washington Irving

One of the biggest differences with the character Ichabod Crane is that in the movie he is depicted more as a deranged and disturbed detective rather than an energetic school teacher. In the original writing, he is seen as a teacher who not only loves the spooky stories of the supernatural, but he believes in them as well, including such stories as The Headless Horseman. In the movie, they seem to abandon this and decide to make him almost the exact opposite character. Johnny Depp plays Crane as a detective who has a dark back story and a disbelief in the supernatural until he experiences an encounter with the headless horseman himself. Personally, I like the movie much more because I honestly found the reading a bit dull and repetitive. To me, it seemed like half of the story was just unnecessary description of minimal things like Crane being hungry (which goes on for about 1-2 paragraphs. It was also unclear in some areas as for me it jumped around a lot. In the Tim Burton version, the character is given more depth and interest. He is quirky and yet mysterious, given a back story that keeps you guessing about his past.


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