The Wicker Tree [Blu-ray]
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Written and Directed by Robin Hardy, THE WICKER TREE also features Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell with Christopher Lee, star of the original THE WICKER MAN.
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Finally, I recognized several British actors for which I have a great deal of respect. One has to wonder how badly they actually need to work to find themselves in this hideous mess. Also, assuming the two actors who played the Texas Christian couple were American, I personally know 50 people or more that are better actors than those two.
I am sad to say your money is better spent elsewhere.
I really enjoyed THE WICKER MAN. The ending of that film is one that is truly horrifying. It's a movie that will stick with you long after you've seen it.
THE WICKER TREE shares some basic themes with THE WICKER MAN, but it is a different work. THE WICKER MAN was more of a serious drama with elements of mystery and suspense and some horror.Read more ›
First, we must do away with the looming shadow of its predecessor: The Wicker Man it is most decidedly not - but then, what is? If one judges The Wicker Tree on its paucity of similarities to its spiritual forbear, then one will naturally consider it a failure simply because it was never intended to faithfully recreate the original film in the first place. The Wicker Tree, rather, is a black comedy/commentary painted in bold strokes that deals not in the nature of sacrifice, but in the nature of the various roles we play throughout our lives, and whether we are guided by or can avoid not faith, but fate.
Young former country-pop singer Beth Boothby (Brittania Nicol) has rejected her debauched, secular and trashy (literally, check the lyrics) music and image to embrace evangelical Christianity and folksier, mostly religious tunes. Together with her cowboy fiancee Steve (Henry Garrett) and their matching purity rings, she's on her way to Scotland (a country that was all but entirely Christian before North America was even discovered) to witness to those kilted heathens who - horror of horrors! - don't even believe in angels.
(Side note: that most critics seem to have missed the fact that The Wicker Tree is a black comedy playing on and with broad stereotypes even after having the above setup literally spelled out for them in the first ten minutes of the film is beyond me.Read more ›
The writing is unimaginative, derivative and formulaic. Rather than another deep look into the ancient pagan practices of Brittain, the writer chooses to revisit mayday with only the skimpiest overlay of paganism and feels entitled to simply make up practices that never were. Not as openly offensive and imaginary as the Nicholas Cage dog of a remake, it is the death knell of the Wicker Man franchise, nonetheless. Had the writer bothered to read Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton, or indeed any of his work, he would have had ample material to supply a triumphant work that continues in the vein of the original.
With the absolute wealth of scholarship, ancient pagan sites and a pagan community fairly bursting at the seams with talented writers, artists and musicians, it boggles the mind how such a great opportunity could have been bungled so badly. I can only hope that more serious film makers will pick up the torch lit by the original Film and continue to explore this new genre with both respect and creativity.
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Movie arrived within just a couple of days. Very happy with this purchasePublished 3 months ago by Brittney
The Wicker Tree is a semi-sequel to The Wicker Man, and by that I mean the original, 1973 film, not the God-awful Nic Cage 2006 remake. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Janson
If you've seen any movies about secret pagan or satanic cults, you've already seen this pretty predictable romp through the highlands of Scotland. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark E. Herriott
There is no point in this film, it has 'nothing' to offer. Tedious.Published 10 months ago by Bartok Kinski
While I was watching this I began to think this might be a joke. If this is a comedy it isn't funny. If it's not it is a very stupid movie and the acting is pretty bad. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SHL