The premise is the same old tired story. A group of beer and pot-fueled teens go off to the deep dark woods to stay at their friend’s cabin. That is where this same old tired story stops and the intriguing twists begin. This is Joss Whedon’s latest jump into the horror genre. Much like Whedon’s other ventures he changes the horror genre up just a bit and makes it his own. Sure, there are tons of shock cuts and make you jump type noises. Heck, even the opening title scene made me jump just a little. From that opening sequence though, we find out that this isn’t going to be any old murder in the woods film that we have seen time and time again. No, Mr. Whedon has a few tricks up his sleeve and he’s not afraid to use them.
Cabin in the Woods is a film that keeps you guessing until the actual end of the movie. Don’t worry though it ties up just about every loose end. Whedon gives you little tidbits of information throughout and never backtracks over the rules. This is something that usually infuriates me with horror movies. They will have set rules that need to be followed but will break them when it is convenient to kill someone off or if they run out of original ideas. Whedon pulls this off very well and keeps a realistic movie going throughout the experience. At least as realistic as a movie that has a guy getting gored by a certain mythical beast can be.
The acting is another breath of relief. Most horror movies have the one dimensional characters that are so atrocious to watch act that you can’t wait for the blood to spill if it will just shut them up. In here we have actual likable people that you kind of feel bad that they are going to die a horrible bloody death. It is hard to write this and not spoil the bits if the film that I really loved but the way that Whedon shows why the characters are playing their stereotypes is quite clever and I think he deserves a couple claps just for that.
The cast is pretty good as well. Chris Hemsworth as the Curt “the jock” didn’t strike me as odd but the bit of character depth we got from him was pretty nice. Of course this film was created back in 2009 so he wasn’t quite Thor yet. Just as we saw in Thor he can look the jock part but pull off a decent acting bit as well. The other characters were also pretty good on screen. My personal favorite is the weed toking smart guy named Marty and his one liners are what make the movie for me. Actually, throughout the movie are little quips and one liners that may as well be spoken by Whedon himself. They are what makes him an excellent writer and even better director. I can only hope that The Avengers will contain as much of this humor and he won’t be burdened with the weight of creating a “great comic movie” and will still be able to apply his usual touches that “Whedon Up” the movies.
As usual, Whedon also gives us some interesting female characters. The newly blonde Jules, played by Anna Hutchison, doesn’t do much to further the female role in horror films but she fills her role well. She sluts it up a bit and then is the first to die. Plain and simple. Kristen Connolly as Dana, much in Whedon’s tradition of having well-written “badass female” characters, gives us an unassuming main character that really helps carry the movie. She pulls off her role as the “virgin” character and give a very solid performance throughout.
I give Cabin in the Woods 4 out of 5 stars and will recommend it highly. With the caveat that you still must enjoy people getting sliced to bits and drug around by bear traps. If you can deal with that then you will have a great time. I only wish that more writers and directors in the horror genre would take a note from this great movie and give us a little intelligence and make us not have to turn our brains off to enjoy a slasher flick.
Immortals tried so hard to be better than just another 300 clone and in many ways it succeeded. However, I do not think the critics will praise what it did right but only what it did wrong. As a 3D action flick it succeeded in giving us plenty of fighting and the gore normally associated with that type of movie. However, this action took its good time getting to the screen. We have a few small spats happen but it takes a good 45 minutes before we finally have a good battle on our hands.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good exposition and storyline. I believe there are mindless action movies (2012 and anything involving Vin Diesel) but this isn’t that kind of movie. However, the story we do get is rather droll. Boy wants to protect his family but fails to do so. He is taken as a prisoner and then has to fight his way to avenge his family. In the process a bunch of other stuff happens.
I saw this in 3D which I normally do not do. I don’t hate the technology, I just hate what a lot of movies are doing with it. I can wholeheartedly say that this movie does it right. The 3D is used throughout the entire movie and it feels natural most of the time. Rather than having a 2D movie with a few special times when objects pop out to remind you that you paid an extra $4 to wear a pair of goofy glasses on your head you now have a seamless backdrop that makes you feel like you are looking off into the vast distance. I can’t wait to see more film makers use 3D to their advantage. Even during the fight scenes the 3D works really well and pulls you into this immersive world.
The actors were a mix of incredible (Rourke), bland (Cavill, and typical wisecracking sidekick (Dorff). Again, this mix just turned into a lukewarm blend that barely satisfied the palette. Overall, I enjoyed the movie but if I had not paid the extra money for the 3D show and seen it in a good theater with a great sound system it would not have been worth the time. This is the perfect example of how a good movie could have been better but just ends up fading away into oblivion.
Hey everyone! This is Sarah and I will be contributing from time to time here. I am so glad that my inaugural post is to tell everyone about a great movie. I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger at the midnight showing and it was definitely worth the lack of sleep.
Mix the Rocketeer, Inglourious Basterds, and good old-fashioned Marvel magic, and you’ve got some idea of how spectacular Captain America is. This will be spoiler-free, so relax. I didn’t bother with any 3-D mess, so I can’t comment on that. I can tell you that Chris Evans is surprisingly convincing, earnest and all around heroic. Tommy Lee Jones steals the show with his one-liners and the supporting cast is excellent. Hugo Weaving is perfect as Red Skull. I was truly surprised by the casting decision of Evans, I gotta hand it to Joe Johnston. He pulls wonderful performances from his actors. Including Stan Lee. Now we wait….scene after the credits? Yes, and its a knock out!
I know lots of people went to go see the movie and the box office sales show it. So, if you saw it and have a comment or a quick review please let us know and comment down below. Also, if you enjoyed the quick review let us know as well. This will help motivate me to take some time and post more often. Thanks!
I am very happy about the tone set by this outfit. Granted it is a little dark to fully see the outfit in its glory but I think it looks nifty. I am very optimistic about Alex Garland’s portrayal and writing skills. 28 Days Later is one of my favorite movies ever and if he puts even a tenth of the grit from that movie into Dredd then it will be great. I am also a huge fan of Karl Urban and I want him to make this role shine like he did with Bones and Éomer. This is definitely a movie to keep your sights on.
This is amazing! It says that it took the team about a year to plan and build the entire thing. The amount of detail is just incredible. I especially love the Minas Tirith. I am so happy that there are mega geeks out there like this. Now excuse me as I try to recreate the Tardis from Dr. Who with my meager collection.
I was floored by this video. The game Dungeon Twister is a wonderful 2-player game by Christophe Boelinger. I haven’t had a lot of experience with it but the few times I have played I loved it. Now they are making a version of it for the Xbox 360 and PS3. I’m definitely going to have to check it out. Despite the hilarity of ogres and mages dancing to a rap song the game itself is pretty deep yet funny in the tongue in cheek kind of way and I am glad that they could make a funny video that holds that kind of humor for the game.
So, we know that there has been a long standing argument that Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley look freakishly similar and have had some similar roles in movies and even Keira even played the double of Queen Amidala in *shudder* The Phantom Menace…
It looks like they just aren’t even trying anymore. The new movie Your Highness comes out next month and honestly it looks pretty bad to me. I loved Pineapple Express (despite some parts) but this just looks bad. I understand its supposed to be a funny medieval adventure movie but why take the one person that looks just like Keira Knightley and make her character look exactly like the one in King Arthur (Which I thought was a great movie)?
Time will only tell if this movie flops or not and I might even see it when it comes to our local $1 theater but definitely not until then.
Looks like the director of The Wolverine has another idea milling about in his brain. He wants to take the story of Noah and turn it into a comic book. Apparently he has been quoted as saying that “He’s a dark, complicated character” and he wants to tell his story. If you check out the movie he definitely has some great art(Sorry it is in French) and I am all for more (well done) comics being made out of Bible stories. However, I wonder if this will take a wrong turn and make a brooding, all too dark, character out of Noah. Only time will tell.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Looks like the rumors were true. Anne Hathaway will be playing the sultry Catwoman and Tom Hardy will be playing the bruiser-type as Bane. The main question I have right now is, why Anne Hathaway?
As Michelle Pfeiffer taught us in Batman Returns, Catwoman is supposed to be a sexy and seductive villain that toys with Batman in the way a cat toys with a mouse before chowing down. I just can’t get past seeing Anne Hathaway as the little princess in The Princess Diaries… I understand she has had some other movies that were pretty good. I personally thought that The Devil Wears Prada was a decent film. I just don’t think that she is that great of a choice for this role. I hope that she proves me wrong and turns out to be a great Catwoman. God knows we don’t need this film to be the anchor that weighs down this excellent series of films.
As far as Tom Hardy playing Bane… I loved him in Inception. He’s not huge like Bane should be but I’m sure they will try and fix that. They can’t do any worse than the Bane in Batman & Robin. Well, they could but I think the world would explode if that trash was ever topped. What do you guys think? Will this be a good choice or just a mediocre one?