Welcome to storybook land. This movie looks like one long amazing illustration. Tim Burton does not disappoint.Johnny Depp is an amazing Ichabod Crane. I'll admit I had my doubts, but he manages to be both stiff and charming; serious and witty. Christina Ricci is looking hauntingly lovely and manages to carry out her ambiguous role nicely. Each character is chosen so carefully for both look and talent (except one). It was a joy to watch even at it's most gory moments. The headless horsemen is terrifying but graceful. Even the scenes where heads are being lopped off have the look of well-choreographed dances.
The amazing visuals do very much overshadow the story, but for the most part I was very involved although the writer did take some serious poetic license when it comes to the original story (for better and worse). Johnny Depp plays a detective instead of a schoolteacher which is interesting because it allows him to be more of an active player. However, it becomes somewhat of a whodunnit and seems to lose direction as it searches for a way to close. I was lifted out of the movie world when the third act began. Not only because of who the killer is, but because of the poor casting and poor performance during the final exposition and face off. The pros do outweigh the cons though. It is a bloodbath of beauty and has the kind of quality that keeps your eyes glittering and glued.The mood that is created in the credit sequence alone is reason enough to watch.