Thursday 19 April 2012

Dark Review - The Cabin in the Woods

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Review of Cabin in the Woods

By Casey Douglass

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Everything I had seen leading up to the release of the film, whether previews, reviews or those articles that often come in-between, all said that it was a hard film to talk about without spoiling the whole thing. As far as this review goes, I will try to keep it 100% spoiler free, but if small ones slip through, I do apologise in advance.

I went into the film blissfully unaware of the set-up of the film beyond the idea that a group of young people go and stay in a cabin in the woods, but that their might be some dark shenanigans at some point. The film didn’t disappoint me, and included many things that surprised me. It managed to incorporate some scifi, occult, and horror themes into an interesting tale that also paid tribute to more than a few films in the same genres. Once it got going, it didn’t really stop. When the shit hit the fan, something of consequence or some piece of dialogue that explains something key seemed to happen every couple of minutes. While there were some obvious moments of idiocy on the part of the college kids, because it was paying homage to the other films of its kind, it didn’t really matter, and added to the enjoyment, knowing how stupid they were being. At one point, a fellow cinema goer sitting behind me called out “Don’t go near the window you twat!” and then the inevitable happened. There were some clever misdirections as well, things that you expected to go badly and nothing happened, so it wasn’t all clich├ęs.

The film contained more humour than I expected, and it was pretty dark and sardonic, which I liked immensely. It especially gelled with the scenes that were taking place and was an effective counterpoint to their increasingly bloody action.

The one negative I took away from the film was something that I experienced in the first 15 minutes or so. The film hadn’t really got going, but once the road trip was truly under way, the thought crossed my mind that I really didn’t care if any of the characters lived or died. By the end of the film, I still didn’t care, but I enjoyed the film very much, which is strange. It wasn’t that the characters were unlikeable, just unremarkable, but then in the way it was paying tribute to other films, that may have been by design, which you will see for yourself if you watch it.

I would give it 4.5 out of 5, one of the best dark films I have seen for a good few years.