Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mike D Watches a Movie #2: The Wicker Man (2006)

What is this movie? Is it a thrilller? Is it horror? Is it comedy? I just don't know. Either way, it's a remake of the 1973 film starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee as a British detective and the lord of a pagan island off the coast of Scotland, respectively, but with Nicholas Cage as Edward and Ellen Burstyn as Lord Summersisle. While the original film was a rather interesting story about a Scottish police officer sent to investigate a case of a missing child on an island, who's deep Christian beliefs clash with those of the pagan islanders, the remake is just Nick Cage being a dick to people who's religion seems strange to him, while investigating a case brought to him on personal matters.

I really have a love-hate relationship with Nicholas Cage. I loved him in Raising Arizona and Kick Ass, and I hated him in Ghost Rider and Wild At Heart, so this movie really feels like the embodiment of my relationship with him. Some scenes, he plays his character very well, a police officer searching for his lost daughter on a mysterious island, and at other parts, I just want to laugh out loud at how ridiculous he's acting.

To classify this movie, I'd put it somewhere in the "Unintentional Comedy" category, along with the recent Dragonball: Evolution movie and Freddy Vs. Jason (although, that's debatable). It's good for a few cheap laughs, but all in all, it's not a very good movie. Watch it, laugh, then watch the original, because it will seem a whole lot better after this version. And remember, look out for the bees! The Bees!

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