his craft and formulating and reflecting on his ideas. He fights tooth and nail
for the holy grail of funding and a space in a market dominated by Hollywood,
only to have this powerful, unique work disparaged in a single dreary sentence
by illiterate, visually retarded FB morons who spend hours dribbling brain-dead
in front of big brother and the xfactor.
Robin Hardy is one of the Uk's great directors. Literate,
educated and articulate, he has produced what critics have called the 'Citizen
Kane of horror films.' If there aren’t enough explosions and MTV editing in
this latest work for you and its too complex (its got dialogue in it!) for the
reptilian mcbrain stems through which you view the outside world then go back
to killing zombies on your playstation. In place of
considered analysis we get whinging, ill judged opinions like those
appearing on FB and Amazon. These opinions should be read in the entrails of
those too quick to criticise and too mcdumb to form thoughtful reflections. We
get bottom dwellers informing us 'its not as good as the original' (Its not a
remake you retard!) or 'I didn’t like it.' That’s the best you chumps can do?
As Bruce Willis says to super nerd in Die Hard 4…’Shut
up…shut the F**k up!’ Go back to tucking your tracksuit bottoms in your socks
and stabbing each other. Comparisons to classics never stand up and…duh!…this
is not a remake.
The real difficulty here is that this movie and frankly
all of Robin Hardys subsequent work will always be overshadowed by the mighty Wicker
Man, and therefore its proving impossible for people to evaluate this film on
its own merits. How many times now have I read ’…the original… blah blah blah’.
Robin Hardy openly stated at the beginning of the project that this was not to
be a remake. If you are expecting Wicker Man 2 this is not it!
View the film on its own merits and you find an ambitious
and prophetic film with liberal doses of black humour. Inhabiting a similar
environment to its classic predecessor it’s a fitting 're-imagining' of one the
great classic films of british cinema. I will concede it has its faults. The
direction is sometimes clunky as is the editing, and the music seems peculiarly
inappropriate at times. It still remains a genuine and provoking piece of work
thats deserving of more thoughtful and intelligent analysis.