The Wicker Tree (2011) **
D: Robin Hardy
C: Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Henry Garrett, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell, Christopher Lee, Brittania Nicol
P: Two born again Christians travel abroad to Scotland to spread the word about God, but end up getting mixed up with the citizens of a small village and a deadly pagan ceremony.
There's good new and there's bad news. The good news is that this is an improvement over the Nicholas Cage remake. The bad news is that this is nowhere near as powerful of a film experience as its predecessor - The Wicker Man. Elements present in The Wicker Man such as eroticism, folk music, paganism, morality, human sacrifice, etc. are present here. However, none of it obviously has the same effectiveness that it did the first time around. Still, The Wicker Tree remains oddly watchable throughout, despite some unintentionally funny moments during the film's finale.
Comparisons between The Wicker Tree and The Wicker Man is unavoidable since they share so many characteristics with one another. As a companion piece and stand alone film, The Wicker Tree isn't as bad as it has been made out to be. The thing is, it's just simply OK - nothing more, nothing less. [R] 90 mins.
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