Film Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The_Cabin_in_the_Woods HeaderThe Cabin in the Woods has had a while of waiting to get through before finally coming to the big screen.  Trust me, I know.  As an avid Joss Whedon fan (he co-wrote this one), I have been waiting for what seems like forever.  We’re talking The Sandlot’s reading of the world “FOR-EH-VER.”  And now, the wait is finally over.

Most people not obsessed with the man at least know Whedon from creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which Drew Goddard (the co-writer and director of Cabin) also had his hands in, so it’s safe to say that the comparisons to this series are warranted.  Which definitely is not a bad thing.  Like that cult classic, Cabin is full of what made that series great, from the effectiveness of the ensemble cast (full of individual characters that work just as well on their own as they do within the group), the music cues, the healthy dose of horror, mixed with an even healthier dose of humor, sarcasm, and self-awareness of the genre.

The smart writing in the Whedonverse has always been the highlight that defines the man’s creations (including Firefly, Dollhouse, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and Cabin is no different, which I can’t say wasn’t expected.  However, what really amazed me was the structure of the plot and story itself past the dialog.  To tell you exactly what I mean I will point to the big issue everyone has with the trailers in which they believe they reveal too many of the secrets.  Technically yes, they do show glimpses of some stuff, but once you watch the movie you will realize you really had no idea what you were seeing.  What you thought you knew was probably only fractionally correct, if that.  But best of all, there is so much more that you could have never even imagined.

There were numerous moments in the film in which I thought to myself, “I am going to be so ticked off if this movie ends here,” and lesser films might have even done so.  Luckily, Cabin never ends until it reaches the peak of satisfaction for each viewer.  Let me rephrase: the film keeps escalating until it has found the perfect ending for the story told.  And trust me, with each escalation of the story, each moment you think you know what’s going to happen and then something actually does happen, it just keeps getting better and better.

I’m going to keep this write-up short because it’s best just to go see it yourself, and honestly I don’t think I can adequately write a review in such a way to truly make you understand how great this film is.  Yes, I am a fan girl of this genre and the man who started it all for me, but you don’t have to have the same history as me to love this one.  Just ask my sister.  In all honesty I wasn’t expecting her to come out a fan before we saw the film, but upon leaving we were both equally exclaiming just how “awesome” The Cabin in the Woods really is.  It’s a simple word, awesome, but it’s perfect for use here.  Then again, “perfect” might be even better.

Final Grade:  A         

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