History YMMV / TheWickerMan

9th May '17 8:34:19 AM ClatoLawa
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As argued by [[http://1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsn-z/wickertree.htm 1000 Misspent Hours]], the film suffers a lot for being indecisive about whether it's an actual continuation of ''The Wicker Man'':

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As argued by [[http://1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsn-z/wickertree.htm 1000 Misspent Hours]], the film suffers a lot for being indecisive [[BroadStrokes indecisive]] about whether it's an actual continuation of ''The Wicker Man'':
23rd Apr '17 3:07:22 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* AwesomeMusic: Whether or not you like folk music, it's difficult to deny that the soundtrack fits the film like a glove and adds a great deal to the feel of the island.
11th Apr '17 6:27:41 AM ClatoLawa
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* {{Sequelitis}}: Hardy hoped to make a ''Wicker Man'' trilogy. The "spiritual sequel", 2011's ''The Wicker Tree'', was heavily criticized for bad acting, what many saw as a poor script by Hardy, and bad logic. Many felt Christopher Lee's cameo was a letdown, since it was so short, and also seemed to be a case of ThrowItIn, just to say that Christopher Lee was in the film. Its star, newcomer Brittania Nicol, had never been in a film or television production of any kind before filming - and hasn't since. Some feel that ''the remake is better than this film.'' Hardy's attempt to crowdfund the third film, ''The Wrath of the Gods'', [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-wrath-of-the-gods#/story fell flat on its face]], and his death in 2016 likely spelled an end to any hopes of it ever making it to the screen.


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!!''The Wicker Tree'' Provides Examples Of:

* {{Sequelitis}}: Hardy hoped to make a ''Wicker Man'' trilogy. The "spiritual sequel", 2011's ''The Wicker Tree'', was heavily criticized for bad acting, what many saw as a poor script by Hardy, and bad logic. Many felt Christopher Lee's cameo was a letdown, since it was so short, and also seemed to be a case of ThrowItIn, just to say that Christopher Lee was in the film. Its star, newcomer Brittania Nicol, had never been in a film or television production of any kind before filming - and hasn't since. Some feel that ''the remake is better than this film.'' Hardy's attempt to crowdfund the third film, ''The Wrath of the Gods'', [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-wrath-of-the-gods#/story fell flat on its face]], and his death in 2016 likely spelled an end to any hopes of it ever making it to the screen.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As argued by [[http://1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsn-z/wickertree.htm 1000 Misspent Hours]], the film suffers a lot for being indecisive about whether it's an actual continuation of ''The Wicker Man'':
-->"The most promising element of this movie is Sir Lachlanís shabbily dishonest attitude toward his peopleís pagan traditions, but Hardy canít really engage with that unless heís prepared to offer a straight answer to the question of sequel or retread. If Sir Lachlan really is the fourth Lord Summerisle, then he isnít just a murderous, conniving asshole ó heíd also be the evil antithesis of his great-grandfather, who espoused a religion he never believed in for the sake of downtrodden people whose lives he sought to improve. Thereís genuine resonance to that, but Hardy doesnít seem interested in pursuing it. Nor does he seem interested in the equally important question of how the people of Tressock came to be pagans. The picture painted by the film changes rather drastically depending on whether Tressock represents a long-forgotten survival of pre-Christian culture, or the result of an eccentric modern experiment in social engineering. To tell a story is to create a world. If you canít commit to that world, then you canít commit to the story either.\\
And that brings me to the really galling thing about ''The Wicker Tree'', that it trips over and then ignores a quite serviceable premise for a ''Wicker Man'' sequel before proceeding to screw every pooch in the Scottish Lowlands. Remember that ''The Wicker Man'' finally resolves itself into a clash of sincerely held faiths. ''The Wicker Tree'', however, depicts a clash of grifts in which the sincerely faithful are merely pawns. It shows Christianity and paganism alike hollowed out by power and greed, and thrown into an opposition that the leadership on neither side actually cares about, except insofar as they can turn a personal profit on it. Beth Boothby has zero qualifications for missionary work (and the techniques sheís been taught are tailor-made for failure anyway), but she gets the gig nonetheless because her pastor knows how good itíll make him look in the eyes of those who write donation checks to his church. Sir Lachlan doesnít believe for a second that the American kidsí sacrifice will restore Tressockís fertility (Steveís untainted gonads are another matter, of course), but the longer he can fob off the problem as the ire of the gods, the longer he can keep his tenants from having the groundwater tested for radioactive contamination. The Robin Hardy of 1973 could have turned that premise into something clever and powerful and engagingly sad. The Robin Hardy of 2011 seems not to have even understood what he had in his hands."

31st Mar '17 3:35:58 PM MarkLungo
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* HamAndCheese: Creator/NicolasCage's acting is as over the top as ever, but when interviewed seemed annoyed that it was assumed the film wasn't meant to be ridiculous. He maintains that the over-the-top-ness was intentional.

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* HamAndCheese: Creator/NicolasCage's acting is as over the top as ever, but when interviewed seemed annoyed that it was assumed the film wasn't meant to be ridiculous. He maintains that the over-the-top-ness [[ParodyRetcon was intentional.intentional]].
27th Mar '17 6:37:15 AM Adept
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* TearJerker: Many people say that Howie's horrible fate has reduced them to tears. One girl who had never seen the film before watched PawDugan's review of it on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, and commented that the clips of the final scene made her bawl, and that it also made her decide to ''never'' watch the film in its entirety.

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* TearJerker: Many people say that Howie's horrible fate has reduced them to tears. One girl who had never seen the film before watched PawDugan's WebVideo/PawDugan's review of it on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, and commented that the clips of the final scene made her bawl, and that it also made her decide to ''never'' watch the film in its entirety.
18th Feb '17 4:24:38 PM Anddrix
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* UnfortunateImplications: Funny as this film may be, a lot of viewers find it distasteful for the villains to be female rather than male, and there are moments where it does seem to be almost overtly misogynistic.
** The entire antagonistic force of the film is essentially TheUnfairSex - as a religion with pagan trappings. It seems to be a malicious take on ecofeminism, and the concept '''Mother''' Nature.
** The main villain was changed from a man in the original to a woman in the remake, the Celtic quasi-paganism of the original is diluted in favor of [[StrawFeminist a wicked matriarchy]], and the climax has Creator/NicolasCage running around punching women in the face.
** EVERY female but one in the movie is portrayed as being part of this evil gynarchic cult, and wholeheartedly enjoying the murder and bee-related insanity that this incurs. Even the one woman who isn't in the cult (Malus' co-worker) isn't very pleasant.
** Director Neil La Bute's other work has drawn accusations of misogyny in the past.
** And you can't forget the scene where Nic Cage shrieks about the [[NoIndoorVoice '''BITCHES!!!!!''']].
** The island's society as a whole seems to be built to suggest that a matriarchy would be completely inferior, even morally, to a patriarchy.
7th Feb '17 6:52:09 PM crl85
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** Also, this film's wicker man structure. It looks too much like something someone would make into a makeshift shed.

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** Also, this film's wicker man structure. It looks too much like something someone would make into an Art Deco version of a makeshift shed.forest ranger's lookout tower.
2nd Feb '17 10:17:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: One fan-made trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo states]] that ''The Wicker Man'' was actually a StealthParody.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: One fan-made trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo states]] that ''The Wicker Man'' was actually a StealthParody.
23rd Jan '17 6:11:54 PM GeneralGrant985
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** [[TakeAThirdOption Or you can combine the two.]] Howie is a GoodCop who also happens to be a bit of a morally upright prude who despises the islanders for being pagans. [[CorruptChurch Murderous, perverted, gullible, two-faced pagans]] [[spoiler:who deceived him to his death]].

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** [[TakeAThirdOption Or you can combine the two.]] Howie is a GoodCop [[ByTheBookCop good cop]] who also happens to be a bit of a morally upright prude who despises the islanders for being pagans. [[CorruptChurch Murderous, perverted, gullible, two-faced pagans]] [[spoiler:who deceived him to his death]].
16th Jan '17 4:55:13 PM rjd1922
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*** [[IdiotBall What's in the bag, a shark or something?]]

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*** ** [[IdiotBall What's in the bag, a shark or something?]]
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