Adjunct Film Studies Professor
Pooping deer (they are NOT reindeer), hook hands, a third (wobbly) boob, racist Chinese caricatures, and some truly insufferable voice acting and songs by Sandler -- if that sounds good to you, this is your film. And I am a Sandler fan! But this film tries to be irreverent and winds up just being crass and stupid. It's one of those movies that asks you laugh with an asshole who abuses everyone around him and is of course, redeemed at the end. Oh, spoiler alert.
I guess someone thought, "Wicker Man" is a great movie, but what if we actually saw what goes on within that cult? Bad idea.
I kept thinking: Really? This was the most interesting thing you could imagine?
Within 5 minutes you guess where the whole thing is going and hope it will instead surprise you.
And it will surprise you — you will be surprised that, instead of actual horror, you are bombarded with 12-year-old-sensibility moments that make the audience…
The more I consider it, the more extraordinary this movie seems to me. It mixes nostalgia, humor, horror (it is one of the most horrific films I've seen in a long long time), crime-thriller, and buddy picture. So that even though you know where the story is going, it is a surprising ride. And I think it needs to be a little surprising, it needs to put you off balance because this discussion is far too important to be dismissed…