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YI JIAN’s review published on Letterboxd:
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The Wicker Man did not meet my expectation as, from what I've heard, I thought it would be a very creepy atmospheric horror film. Turns out, it's rather funny than frightening.
The music did not suit the tone of the film at all, and to make things worse, I also can't bring myself to care about Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) as he is only portrayed as a police officer undergoing an investigation to find a missing girl. That's it, he showed no interesting personality at all except being strict and dull all the time, always yapping about how everyone on the village has lost their minds.
But, one thing is for sure though. I can't deny the shock value of the film's ending. I can't deny the fact that the sight of the wicker man alone made my hair stand on end. I can't deny that I truly felt Howie's desperation as he begged and prayed and cried. Those are the most powerful moments of the film.