Saturday, September 02, 2006

"The Wicker Man" is good for a laugh

Unfortunately, it's not a comedy, and the laughs are unintentional responses to a profoundly bad movie. It's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The only reason I sat through the whole thing (other than feeling I was obligated because it cost $8.25 to see it), was because there was an almost perverse appeal to its badness - like watching a train wreck in slow motion, I was almost looking forward to next excrutiating scene. The acting was terrible (even though good actors like Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, and Leelee Sobieski were in it) -- the plot was irritating, implausible, and poorly-paced. And it was directed by Neil LaBute, who directed the wonderful "Nurse Betty" and "In The Company of Men". It makes you wonder how this sort of thing can happen - it's not like this was a B-movie that everyone knew would stink from the beginning. Good actors, good director... awful movie.

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