I sat on the top row in theatre #15 at Loew's in order to regain my equilibrium.
Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane. This Washington Irving character has one of the most memorable literary names of all time. So what's in a name? The female lead character is named Katrina Van Tassel. And the Headless Horseman who cuts off folk's heads is a pretty cool name itself. Speaking of cool, David Letterman said that Johnny Depp is the "...coolest guy that ever appeared..." on his late night show. However, the color of Johnny's skin has not changed since "Edward Scissorhand."
Sleepy Hollow is a small town in 18th Century New York and they were plagued by a Headless Horseman that is decapitating some of the locals. Constable Crane is sent to the sleepy town that is perpetually eerie and devoid of sunlight to solve the mystery. I didn't care if Mr. Horseman cut off all their heads. I was glad that I was sitting on the top row because there was a lot of blood splatter.
There was enough symbolism is the story to confound a high school English teacher. Oh boy. For example, Ichabod bravely fought the Headless Horseman then routinely fainted from pure fright. My kinda guy. The God Bomb Theory almost kicked in, but I decided that I did not want God to blow them up rather to let them each receive the sword under the chin. Bring on the Christmas-time movie releases so we can get on with the major competition for Academy Awards. You have not seen the 1999 Best Picture yet so don't give up hope. Rock 'n Roll.