Wicker Park has the most bizarre and disconnected music I have ever heard in a film. More than once I had to stop the movie to make sure my computer hadn’t started playing a song in a complete different app.
Believe it or not, though, the music is not what stood out in this film.
The plot to this film has the twisted and perverse nature of a super-villain which is exemplified beautifully by the cyclic reveals spaced throughout the film. What starts as a slow boring film slowly transforms into a masterpiece.
Wicker Park is just shy of two hours long and could honestly shave off about 15 minutes without losing any vital plot elements. The pacing of the film nudges the viewer softly toward boredom, but it also provides the appropriate feel for the environment. As messed up as these characters may be, audience members easily relate to the discontent of their lives as they internalize the tedious nature of the movie.
The movie deals with love, lost love, and relationship tension, though not always in ways you initially expect. There’s a few plot points which seem relatively unnecessary and almost feel like it could have been a bigger issue, but was just kinda tacked on at the end.
I’m hesitant to describe the plot in detail because the movie will be more interesting for viewers who are trying to puzzle things out on their own. In typical mystery film fashion the movie is not entirely chronological.
For those who must know, but don’t see themselves watching the film, I’ll include some spoilers toward the end. For those who want a spoiler free synopsis, a man named Matt meets a woman named Lisa. After falling in love, the pair unexpectedly separates until two years later, their paths almost cross again. Set in Chicago in the winter, this drama tugs at all kinds of heart strings.
The themes the film handles are heavy and combined with the pacing I’m not sure I would jump to recommend this film. I don’t know that I liked the film, but I am glad I watched it. The story telling was not magnificent but the story was clever, almost shakespearian in a way. (Apparently it is loosely based of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.)
If you are in the mood for a psychological drama mystery romance film, or psych-dram-ance-tery as I just made up, and you have two hours to kill, this movie will be great.
**SPOILER FILLED PLOT SUMMARY**
Chronologically, these are the events:
An actress named Alex meets a dancer named Lisa. Alex sees a good looking man named Matt and develops a crush. She takes a video camera to the store where Matt works to have him fix her camera. While working on the camera, Matt notices the video tape has footage of Lisa on it and he too falls in love. Lisa and Matt start to date and things are going well, until she has to leave town quickly. Unable to talk with Matt, Lisa tells Alex to deliver her message. Alex, still in love with Matt, fails to deliver the message and tells Lisa that Matt has moved on. Matt, unaware why Lisa left, goes about his life and two years later is about to be engaged to a completely different woman. Right before a big business trip, he catches a glimpse of Lisa in Chicago and stalks her. Turns out that she actually has a real stalker and has been staying at Alex’s place to avoid him. Matt goes to Lisa’s house and is followed by Alex who pretends to be named Lisa and has a one night stand with Matt. Oh, and Alex started dating Matt’s best friend Luke somewhere in there too. It’s messy. In the end, Lisa and Matt do get together, right after Matt breaks up with his soon to be fiance at the airport.