Monday, October 24, 2011

Burton's Ichabod vs. Irving's Ichabod

Like many of Tim Burton's films, "Sleepy Hollow" is a dark, twisted movie based on Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." In Irving's version, Ichabod Crane is described as a lanky, unattractive school teacher from Connecticut, who is very superstitious. Ichabod is not sent to Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the "Headless Horseman" as he is in the film. The legend ends with Ichabod being taken by the horseman and never being heard from again, however even though we haven't finished the movie, it doesn't seem like that is what is going to happen. Tim Burton's interpretation of the legend is quite different. He depicts Ichabod to look like Johnny Depp, who is far from a lanky, unattractive school teacher. His Ichabod is from New York and is deeply interested in the science and nature behind the "Headless Horseman" murders. In the beginning he does not believe in the tales of a headless ghost, instead he becomes determined to find the man behind these murders. In Irving's legend, the "Horseman" is never fully explained as a ghost as the "Horseman" in the movie is. Irving portrays the "Horseman" as a purposeless killer where as Burton depicts the "Horseman" as apart of a conspiracy that someone in the town of Sleep Hollow is controlling. There are many differences between Burton and Irving's "Sleepy Hollow," but I don't think is a bad thing. I prefer Tim Burtons because it is more interesting and has more of a story line, where Irving's is a short story that doesn't feel completed and in my opinion, is boring.

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