Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Charlie Truong1
Review: Cabin in the Woods (3 Stars)
Calling All Browncoats!
Ah, Joss Whedon, you never cease to amaze me. I was leery about watching a horror movie since I am not a huge fan of the genre. However, a few minutes into the movie, the familiar Joss Whedon wit was on prime display. I sat back and enjoyed a wholly original and fun movie.
The movie follows a group of stereotypical teens as they decide to spend the weekend in a…CABIN IN THE WOODS! You know the normal type: the jock, the nerd, the stoner, the promiscuous girl, and the virgin. All is not as it seems in the woods of course. We are also introduced to a group of scientists who have a keen interest in the happenings in the…CABIN IN THE WOODS!
It’s difficult to write this review without venturing into spoiler territory. Much of the fun is not quite comprehending the ridiculous events on screen. The tone of the movie is similar to the Evil Dead series. It has elements of horror but with humor sprinkled throughout the film. It is not an overly scary movie though it does have a lot of gore.
Two veteran Whedonites are part of the cast, Amy Acker (“Angel” and “Dollhouse”) and Fran Kranz (“Dollhouse”). Fran has some of the best lines as the stoner Marty. Bradley Whitford also stars in the film, pretty much playing his Josh Lyman character from the West Wing. A pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth is part of the cast too. The actors know the movie is not going to land them any Oscars, but they are all clearly having fun with the material.
Whedon, along with co-writer and director Drew Goddard, have exceeded all expectations I had. I am definitely amped up for Avengers now if Whedon can bring the same level of fun from CABIN IN THE WOODS into Avengers. I will also want to keep an eye out for Drew Goddard’s next project.