Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Wicker Man (2006)

How bad is it? Terrible remake of a great film.
Should you see it? Only if you're a Nic Cage fan.

I absolutely loved the 1973 film "The Wicker Man," so I was not expecting good things when hearing that a remake starring Nicolas Cage was in the works. The film eliminates the sexual undertones of the original, much of the creepiness and all of the suspense. Ellen Burstyn and Leelee Sobieski are the other names, with cameos by Aaron Eckhart, James Franco and Jason Ritter. The plot has a man's daughter disappear, so he goes to a remote agricultural island to investigate, only to find a ritualistic group of weirdos. For those who think Cage's eye-rolling, shouting and general twitchiness is hysterical, he starts at full boil and just keeps it up to the end. The final scenes, with CGI bees and Cage punching a woman, are probably the most amusing, but you have to wade through a lot of film to get there.

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