Friday, June 22, 2012
The Wicker Man (1973)
This is not a review. This is a personal opinion masked as just another blog-rant about one of the best movies ever made.
Robin Hardy's classic thriller, The Wicker Man, really doesn't belong on Ninja Dixon - it's way to famous, to classic, to brilliant and not underrated - it's a respected masterpiece. But tonight I want to do an exception. I've seen it many times over the years, from VHS to two DVD's, both the
UK special edition and the wooden box.
When the BD is released I'll buy it also. Of course. US
I've been thinking to re-watch for quite a while now, mostly because I read a review earlier this year with the words "The Wicker Man is a movie about the clash of two religions", or something similar. These words got to me, they irritated me. They made me actually pissed off. Why? Because it's NOT about the clash of two religions. There's never anything about a clash, or a fight, or a whatever.
The Wicker Man is about one superior and older religion totally owning the other religion, and the other religion is of course that newbie called Christianity. Let me explain one thing first. I'm an atheist. Almost a militant atheist. I loath organized religion. I despise it. Personal belief is something completely different, I can't stop anyone from using their own brain to something so silly. But I can try to stop churches and organizations from using their religion to as a power tool.
But if I had to choose a religion, I would choose the some ancient pagan belief. No, I have no reason to sacrifice human beings - but hey, human sacrifice is still used in Christianity, just in a different way - through war and terror. What I like about it is the freedom, the humour, the idea that nature and animals is higher than us humans.
The Wicker Man is the ultimate deconstruction of Christianity (and related religions, as Islam and Judaism) as a strong and powerful tool. It points out so well the extreme weakness of the believers and how easy they can be manipulated.
Sergeant Howie isn't intelligent or down-to-earth. He's just stupid. And a perfect lamb to the slaughter.