Monday, April 23, 2012

MINI-REVIEW: The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

Kristen Connelly,
Chris Hemsworth


April 13, 2012

Drew Goddard


1 hour 35 minutes



'The Cabin in the Woods' is not about a cabin in the woods. That line was the first thing that came out of my dad's mouth as we got into our car after seeing this film. If I tell you what it's about, then it would highly be considered spoiler territory. All I can tell you plot wise is that the movie is about a group of teens go to a cabin in the woods and crazy gory stuff happens. 'The Cabin in the Woods’ is directed by newcomer director/writer of 2008's 'Cloverfield' Drew Goddard and is written by both Goddard and the producer of this film, Joss Whedon. Because I can't go into much detail, this review will be pretty short. What I can say about the movie is that is is smart, pretty scary with some clever jumps and great uses of gore, and very funny when it wants to be. 'Cabin in the Woods,' while not perfect, is a fun and enjoyable movie that I can only compare with 'Inception.' The movie wasn't confusing by any means, but when I came out of this film I had no idea what to think of it. This film will need multiple viewings and a lot of thinking in order for me to fully process it entirely.

From first viewing, I can say that this film is well acted, gory in the best of ways, scary when it needs to be, and very smart. Joss and Drew knew exactly what they set out to do from the moment they conceived of the idea involving what goes on in this movie. The fact that people aren't going to see this movie is kind of the metaphor of this movie, but you'll have to see it in order get what I'm saying. 'The Cabin in the Woods' is a very fun movie, but if you were like me after seeing this film it will take some time to process what the hell you just saw. Because of the weak box office the film is getting, I can see this film becoming the next big cult classic, like 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' for example. Trust me when I say this, but this is one of those films that if you're not a horror fan you will still enjoy this film.

 Sure there are some jump scares (some that are predictable and some that come out of left field) but once you get into the film's groove you will be smiling more than screaming. Go see this movie if you can, preferably a theater. However by the looks of it I would say wait for DVD, because that's when you can gather up your friends and watch this movie. Also you may not want to watch the trailer at all.  It's better to see this movie without any footage guiding you.  Plus, the trailers and commercials spoil some vital information left best unknown before seeing the movie.  So what are the secrets behind 'The Cabin in the Woods?' You'll have to see the film to find out and experience the secrets.



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