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When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople.
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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If you watch this with comparison to the original film in mind it's bound to come up short; there is no comparison to that masterpiece. However, if you can put that aside and watch this with the mindset that it's a completely different film with a similar theme, you will be entertained. First, its a visually stunning film with outsanding cinemaphotography. Second, it has a tongue-in-cheek campiness with some truly humorous moments.Third, it also had some creepiness which actually scared my kids, who didn't bat an eye at the original film. 100 minutes well spent!
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.
Technically, the 92 min movie comes in a nice widescreen format and very good digital transfer. English and Spanish subtitles are provided as well.
If this was supposed to be a black comedy, it falls short. Horrifying? Nope. Certainly not original, there's nothing new here.
It IS beautifully shot, it's bittersweet to see Christopher Lee put in an appearance, but in all, it feels like they phoned this one in and collected a check.
The Wicker Man was a spectacular film (the original and not the Nicolas Cage sewer pickle). The Wicker Tree is also a great movie. I will say that it is not on the same level but it does have a lot of merit on its own. There's a different feel in the fact that this is a black comedy. If you go into this with an open mind I think you may find a film that's entertaining, chilling and quite funny at times. I do wish there had been more detail in the pagan rites and customs but that's just me speaking as a pagan. Overall I say give it a try. In my opinion, its a nice companion to the original and I'm eagerly awaiting the promised third installment.
- Charlie Morgan
author of Sticks And Stones