History YMMV / TheWickerMan

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?]]
16th Jan '17 4:40:55 PM rjd1922
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** Also, this film's wicker man structure. It looks too much like something someone would make into a makeshift shed, at least to this troper.

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** Also, this film's wicker man structure. It looks too much like something someone would make into a makeshift shed, at least to this troper.shed.



** Quite literally EVERY female 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.

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** Quite literally 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.



** Even the one woman who isn't in the cult (Malus' co-worker) isn't very pleasant.
9th Jan '17 9:33:30 PM arrgh
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* UnfortunateImplications: Funny as this film may be, [[http://tigerbeatdown.com/2009/04/29/triumphs-of-unintentionally-feminist-humor-well-sort-of/ it has a nasty streak of female hate a mile wide.]]
** There is a heavy layer of misogyny present throughout the film. The main villain was changed from a man in the original to a woman in the remake, the Celtic neo-paganism of the original is diluted in favor of [[StrawFeminist straw feminism]], and Creator/NicolasCage runs around punching women in the face.
** Quite literally EVERY significant (and insignificant) female in the movie is portrayed as being part of this evil female cult and wholeheartedly enjoying the murder and bee-related insanity that this incurs.
** There's also another bad set of implications when Cage's character [[spoiler: gets burned alive and the women of the island get ready to seduce a pair of poor young guys on the mainland]].
** Director Neil La Bute's other work hasn't exactly shown a very good attitude towards women...
** These factors combined all enhance the disturbing subtext of the scenes where Nic Cage shrieks about the [[NoIndoorVoice '''BITCHES!!!!!''']] and throws punches at anything feminine by the end.
** Even the one woman who isn't in the cult (Malus's co-worker) isn't very pleasant.

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* UnfortunateImplications: Funny as this film may be, [[http://tigerbeatdown.com/2009/04/29/triumphs-of-unintentionally-feminist-humor-well-sort-of/ a lot of viewers find it has a nasty streak of distasteful for the villains to be female hate a mile wide.]]
rather than male, and there are moments where it does seem to be almost overtly misogynistic.
** There is a heavy layer The entire antagonistic force of misogyny present throughout the film. 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 neo-paganism quasi-paganism of the original is diluted in favor of [[StrawFeminist straw feminism]], a wicked matriarchy]], and the climax has Creator/NicolasCage runs running around punching women in the face.
** Quite literally EVERY significant (and insignificant) female in the movie is portrayed as being part of this evil female cult gynarchic cult, and wholeheartedly enjoying the murder and bee-related insanity that this incurs.
** There's also another bad set of implications when Cage's character [[spoiler: gets burned alive and the women of the island get ready to seduce a pair of poor young guys on the mainland]].
** Director Neil La Bute's other work hasn't exactly shown a very good attitude towards women...
** These factors combined all enhance
has drawn accusations of misogyny in the disturbing subtext of past.
** And you can't forget
the scenes scene where Nic Cage shrieks about the [[NoIndoorVoice '''BITCHES!!!!!''']] and throws punches at anything feminine by the end.
'''BITCHES!!!!!''']].
** Even the one woman who isn't in the cult (Malus's (Malus' co-worker) isn't very pleasant.pleasant.
** 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.
9th Jan '17 9:20:52 PM arrgh
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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Neil [=LaBute=] claims that he was trying to show what patriarchial power dynamics would be like if the genders were reversed. Most viewers get the exact ''opposite'' vibe from the movie, thinking it's anti-feminist to absurd degrees.

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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Neil [=LaBute=] claims that he was trying to show what patriarchial power dynamics would be like if the genders were reversed. Most viewers get the exact ''opposite'' vibe from the movie, thinking it's anti-feminist to absurd degrees.degrees - his intended message likely falls flat from the men having their tongues cut out in adulthood, [[spoiler: and the ritualistic sacrifice]], which are hardly present in your average patriarchal-society.
8th Jan '17 11:48:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: The film.
1st Dec '16 10:03:02 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: There are two camps for Howie's character -

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There are two camps for Howie's character -
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