Cabin in the Woods: Review

10 May

With all the  hype surrounding The Avengers, you probably forgot that Chris Hemsworth and Joss Whedon worked together on another project.  Directed by Drew Goddard and cowritten by Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly), Cabin in the Woods stars a slightly less built Chris Hemsworth, Kristin Connolly and a variety of other actors that you’ll recognize from Whedon’s TV shows.

The story follows five teenagers who take a road trip to a deserted cabin for a weekend of drinking and getting high.  Naturally, all the archetypes are present.  Chris Hensworth plays Curt, the handsome jock.  Jules (Anna Hutchinson) is Curt’s hot blond girlfriend.  Kristin Connolly as Dana, the shy virgin, despite having a relationship with her professor.  Holden (Jesse Williams) is the handsome bookworm who could be the potential new man in Dana’s life.  Last but not least, Fran Krantz plays philosophical stoner Marty who has more common sense than everyone else combined.

At the start of the movie, it’s apparent that the teenagers are being monitored and controlled by two laboratory managers (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) from a high-tech control room.  Though, the reason for the surveillance is unknown.  Early on it’s clear that Cabin in the Woods is not a standard horror flick.  It’s a horror-comedy.  Jenkins and Whitford spend the opening scene complaining about child proofing and women’s hormones so it’s not a surprise that the pair provide the majority of the comic relief.  The lab managers are cruel to the teenagers, but they are so funny that you have to love and forgive them.

Aside from the lab managers, the only other character worth caring about is Marty.  It’s rare in a movie that the goofy stoner is lovable, insightful and observant.  It’s obvious that Whedon and Goddard want you to like and fear for the other characters…but they are still just monster fodder in the end.

I don’t want to give away too much since there are so many quirky, funny and just weird plot twists.  Cabin in the Woods is a unique and amusing movie, but definitely not for everyone.  If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon, blood, gore and dark comedy, then Cabin in the Woods is for you.

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