The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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In short, if "it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Burton's version is just another historical, inauthentic and inaccurate mess that history teachers, librarians and museum folks have to clean up.
This one is on my shelf, right next to "The Devil and Daniel Webster", another classic of American folklore and literature.
This Muse/Hallmark version is more faithful to Washington Irving's original short story than Tim Burton's Gothic horror adaptation. Probably some viewers would welcome the film's faithfulness while others might complain for the same reason. Though the production designs are convincing and photography is decent, the flat storytelling about the fate of hapless Ichabod and his romance is rather dull, lacking mood and nuance. Scenes of Headless Horseman are acceptable, but not outstanding.
After watching Johnny Depp's performance as Ichabod, you may find the snobbish character of Ichabod a little off-putting at first, but Carver's fine performance and his nice comic touch makes him very human just like the counterpart in Irving's original. I think Katrina Van Tassel by Rachelle Lefevre is just OK, but sadly Paul Lemelin, who plays Brom Bones, is awfully miscast. He just doesn't look like the character from Irving's book and his acting needs much improvement.
You may show this TV version in class (no beheading is included), but students might find it boring. Not a totally bad adaptation, but still uninspired, except Carver's superb performance as Ichabod Crane.
I grew up just North of Tarrytown, NY where Sleepy Hollow is located. In the Fall The Hollow is often shrouded in fog in early mornings and early evenings. The area, which extends along the Hudson River, lends itself to imaginings of ghosts and goblins, which the early Dutch were very good at doing: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, as well as other stories put down in writing by Washington Irving.
I grew up with these stories and look forward to hearing or seeing them again at this time of year. I have also passed the tradition along to my children.
I think I have seen and heard just about every adaptation from Ed Begley's re-telling of the story on tape, reading it from an old printing of the story, and, of course, Disney's cartoon version.
I think this adaptation is the best I have seen. It captures the mysterious and haunting feeling of the region in Fall, the looks, traditions, dress, and speech of the early Dutch settlers, and the story as it was told to Washington Irving.
Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow is a good film for what it is, but it is not an accurate re-telling of the classic.
In terms of pace and suspense, this is at the opposite spectrum of Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. Although I think Tim Burton totally Burtonized Sleepy Hollow completely and went to the extreme, at least "Sleepy Hollow" kept the audience's attention. I agree that it had way too much gore and Burton also rewrote the entire mythology (Blasphemy). The soundtrack for this movie was absolutely AWFUL too. Danny Elfman's Sleepy Hollow score (I recommend it) was an absolute masterpiece compared to this. Also, in this movie the Headless Horseman shows up for all about 1 minute and does NOTHING except scare Ichabod as he tries to put a pumpkin where his head should be and then vanishes... YAAAAAAWN
The historical accuracy of this movie was flawed too and unfortunately the writers felt the need to change the history of the Battle of White Plains (which they renamed also) and said that not only did the Colonials drive the British away, but the Headless Horseman helped them do it in exchange for a bag of gold coins.Read more ›
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Excellent, albeit a different spin on the legend of sleepy hollow.Published 11 months ago by scott ryan
This production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is far superior to any other version that I have seen. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
It wasn't in the slightest bit spooky and the acting was quite bad. Cheaply made when a movie like this costs a lot of money.Published on November 22, 2013 by Cadet13
Brent Carver is excellent in this film. You'll enjoy this version also. Very very exciting to watch and you'll also laugh.Published on October 16, 2013 by roze
I absolutely loved this rendition! I have viewed other versions as well, such as the one starring Jeff Goldblum, and none of them strike a chord so true to the original story as... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Meredith Martinez
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