#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – While recovering from a tragic accident on the road, the patrolman Edward Malus receives a letter from his former fiancée Willow, who left him years ago without any explanation, telling that her daughter Rowan is missing. Edward travels to the private island of Summerisle, where Willow lives in an odd community that plant fruits, and she reveals that Rowan is actually their daughter. Along his investigation with the hostile and unhelpful dwellers, Edward discloses that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals to improve their harvest, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. When he locates the girl, he finds also the dark truth about the wicker man.
Plot: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there’s a larger mystery to solve among the island’s secretive, neo-pagan community.
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Neil Labute should have his member slathered in honey and laced with bees (Spolier Alert)….
Everyone else who has commented negatively about this film have done excellent analysis as to why this film is so bloody awful. I wasn’t going to comment, but the film just bugs me so much, and the writer/director in particular. So I must toss in my hat to join the naysayers.
I saw the original “Wicker Man” and really loved the cornucopia of music, sensuality, paganism in a modern world, and the clash of theological beliefs. This said, I am not part of the crowd that thinks remakes of great movies shouldn’t be done. For example, I liked the original 1950’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, but equally enjoyed the 1978 remake. Both films can stand on their own. Another example is “The Thing”. The original, as campy as it looks compared to today’s standards, has a lot to be proud of in the 1982 remake with Kurt Russell (my all time favorite horror movie). So that small minority of people who like “The Wicker Man” re-make can not accuse me of dissing this piece of crap just because it’s a re-make.
This film solidified for me Neil LaBute’s sexism and misogynistic tendencies. It also made me wonder how executives, wanting to make a serious thriller, would green light a product that is so anti-female. There are too many scenes of Cage hitting women just because he’s frustrated with them thwarting his investigation of a missing girl. would he react like this off the island in other cases where suspects aren’t forthcoming? The original created a society in which men and women are equal participants in a Goddess based religion. The threat to the main character came from everyone, male and female. There was no sexual hierarchy.
The metaphor of bees, drones etc was a bit heavy handed and convenient (“The drone must die!”), especially when Cage’s character has bee allergies. I kept wondering why the men on the island didn’t fight back and use mere physicality to stop these women from treating them like grunts. These were not women with special supernatural powers, and half of them seemed to be pregnant, the other half old and fat, and the rest girls and thin blonde waifs, so if the men really wanted to escape they could do what most men do when they hate women. Physically dominate them. There didn’t seem to be any guns or weapons beyond cutting tools to hold them if they were unhappy. But if they were content being drones, why make them unable to speak? They could be used as a threat to Cage because they will defend the community. They are drones because Neil LaBute seems to believe that a society ran by women would leave men castrated. (That movie was made already. “The Stepford Wives” anyone?) Classic symptoms from men who are afraid of what may happen if women got their sh*t together and were truly equal citizens.
The problem with the man-hating female society is that it makes uninteresting movie viewing and creates unintentional humor when Cage starts knocking women out. I belief LaBute should’ve left the society an egalitarian one, kept the sexuality and uninhibited lasciviousness, and pushed buttons of discomfort in regards to the children on that island. No one likes pedophiles or children to be sexually exploited. So how would a cop react if he saw lewd acts performed by adults with children around? There would be a logical mental leap that these children are abused, thus, an urgency created to save the missing child and get help for all the children. LaBute has said he created the fiancé and daughter story thread to give Cage’s character an incentive to search. I don’t think you need that. Any child abused will make an adult react to save them. The irony of course would be that the child Cage “saves” ultimately brings him death.
The dialogue was contrived and campy. The whole third act was hilarious. The audience I saw it with guffawed (and later booed at the end). I just thought the movie started off wrong when the letter arrived written in the fancy handwriting and all the flashbacks cutting into to show how wounded Cage is. We don’t need that. Just show him arriving on the island for an investigation of a missing child. Most of us in America have seen “Law & Order” and other cop procedurals. We come into the movie as if we are Cage’s partner solving a mystery.
So much potential…wasted. Neil LaBute, stick to talking head pictures for people who enjoy your male angst-ridden plays and flicks of that sort. Stay with your own company of men. Leave the thrillers for people who understand thrillers. Here is your jar of honey. I’ll watch that.
The True Nature of Sacrifice
Prior to this release, Neil LaBute had this to say about the 1973 original: “It’s surprising how many people say it’s their favorite soundtrack. I’m like, come on! You may not like the new one, but if that’s your favorite soundtrack, I don’t know if I *want* you to like my film.”
Neil, a word. You might want to sit down for this too; as Lord Summerisle says, shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent. See, Neil, the thing about the original, is that Paul Giovanni’s soundtrack is one of the most celebrated things about it. The filmmakers themselves consider it a virtual musical. Along with Richard and Danny Thompson, and Bert Jansch, it practically kick-started the 1970s Folk New Wave. To undermine it is akin to imagining Jaws without John Williams. Or The Buddy Holly Story without Buddy Holly. The result’s one of the most breathtakingly arrogant, pointless remake of a British cult classic since Sly Stallone’s Get Carter.
The original had apparently left Nicolas Cage “disturbed for about two weeks.” So disturbed, during that fortnight’s window, that he pitched the idea of re-imagining one of the most nuanced films about inter-faith struggle ever devised to a writer-director previously known for his wholly unsubtle depictions of male chauvinism. It’s like some parlor game: what would you get if Sam Peckinpah took on Bambi? Or Gaspar “Irreversible” Noe remade Love, Actually?(Actually, I’d quite like to see that). Unfortunately, someone took this parlor game seriously: All LaBute’s succeeded in doing is ripping out the original’s guts while saddling it with his own gormless Sex War preoccupations.
After failing to rescue a little girl and her mum from a fatal car crash, Cage’s highway patrolman spirals into a medicated torpor. Then he receives a letter from ex-fiancée Willow Woodward (this one trades on name-homages for kudos), now living on the private island community of Summersisle that extra ‘s’ stands for ‘superfluous’ and wants Edward to help locate missing daughter Rowan.
Summersisle, it transpires, is a female-dominated joint, conceived as a haven for oppressed womenfolk and refugees from the Salem witch trials. Here, the matriarchs observe the Olde ways, and the few males are near-mute breed-mules. It’s like Lilith Fair on a grand scale. Summersisle’s main export is honey a symbolic and literal headache for Edward, as he’s allergic to bees. “Beekeepers!” cries Edward. “They seem to be everywhere on this island!” Well, that’s probably because Summersisle’s main export is honey.
While making his investigations, Edward overhears of an oncoming Mayday ritual called “the time of death and rebirth”. He discovers the previous year’s crop failed; nearly dies from bee stings; and eventually comes to the conclusion (a conclusion which admittedly couldn’t be more obvious if the locals had tattooed a timetable of events on the back of his hands) that Rowan will be burnt alive in a pagan rite to ensure a bountiful harvest. He also meets the Queen Bee of the hive, Sister Summersisle (Burstyn), who has her own plans for him involving the eponymous Wicker Man: “The drone must die.”
First, the good news: any concerns Cage would be airlifted from the Wicker Man’s flaming jaws at the last minute by a fleet of black CIA helicopters can be laid to rest: he toast. That’s about it for the good news. “This is a story whose chapters were carefully written” intones Burstyn with sublime irony. Though retaining the basic cat-and-mouse premise (and credits typography), what’s left subjects the original to a scorched-earth policy.
Crucial to Shaffer’s original screenplay was that his Christian copper, in accordance with ritual, came to the island of his own free will and most importantly, was a virgin; the perfect sacrifice. In reducing matters to a sexual, as opposed to a religious power-struggle, LaBute presents the flimsiest of qualifiers for a harvest sacrifice. By the time Cage has worked out he was the bait, you honestly couldn’t care less.
And Cage is one of the very worst things in this; a lumbering, drawling donkey an arsewit whose tongue seems just slightly too big for his mouth. “Goddamit” he moans after he hallucinates a drowned Rowan, with all the mental torment of a man who’s set his morning alarm clock half-an-hour too early. One hopes it’s his character’s frequent reliance on pills that has reduced him to this state alternately fatigued, then full of preppy, overbearing vim. If so, it’s a fine portrayal of an undistinguished IQ addled with anti-depressants. If not it doesn’t bear thinking about. As Willow, the saucer-eyed Beahan is similarly dreadful, presenting her lines as if in competition with Cage for the most half-hearted delivery. While Burstyn entirely lacks the mercurial menace to convince. Who’s afraid of Naomi Wolf?
Every element that made the original great the lovingly detailed depictions of folk customs, the ingenious score, the dialogue (Lord Summerisle’s majestic “You did it beautifully!” has been replaced with the rather less attractive “You did it excellently!” Whoah, dude!) have been substituted for a meandering battle-of-the-sexes thriller with occasional crash-bang wallop. Namely, walloping women; this is a LaBute flick, after all. Cage’s Sister Beech bashing is just one of the more embarrassing episodes; impotent little men will be hooting with glee at how them uppity hippie chicks finally got what was comin’ to ’em, hyuk hyuk.
The closing coda sees the whole rotten mess collapsing under the weight of genre cliché: in a bar, two guys run into a couple of Summersisle maidens on shore leave, flirty-fishing for fresh martyrs. At the moment of their successful pick-up, you half expect the women to turn round and give an exaggerated wink and a thumbs up to the camera.
One more thing: keen credit watchers may have noticed that films sporting an unusually high producer count (anything up to 10) tend to be Not Much Cop. The Wicker Man has 18 producers in total.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Neil LaBute
Writer Neil LaBute (screenplay), Anthony Shaffer
Actors Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy
Country USA, Mexico, Canada, Germany
Awards 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (film laboratory: Los Angeles), Pacific Title & Art Studio, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length 2,816 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)