This article is part two of an ongoing feature on my blog, “The Road to the Avengers“, which hopes to convey my thoughts on the current films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, culminating on my thoughts of The Avengers when it is released on Friday, May 4th.
The Incredible Hulk takes the brunt of the critical hate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The majority of the complaints boil down to “all action, no story”, but I respectfully disagree. But what makes me appreciate the film so much more than the critics out there? Louis Leterrier’s film does ramp up the action compared to Ang Lee’s more introspective origin story but I find it hard to say that the film has no story. Before I really delve into the critical perception of the film, I’ll talk about my thoughts.
So I said to myself this year, as an exercise, I should write something up for each movie on my 10 most anticipated list. It’d be a good way to stretch my writing “muscle”.
In any event, 12:01 AM on April 13th saw the release of The Cabin in the Woods, the first movie on my (chronological) 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012. Quite honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie showed up on my top 10 of 2012 list as well. This article will be short and my details will be sparse because YOU SHOULD NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE BEFORE GOING INTO IT. The less, the better, really. I’ve heard the trailers don’t spoil as much as initially thought… but seriously, I went in almost completely clean and I’m extremely glad that I did. You seriously needn’t look up anything about it. Here, I’ll tell you the things you want to look up: It’s got a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with 92/100 fresh reviews and it’s about an hour and a half long.
I will afford you one other detail. It’s a horror movie. If horror is completely not your thing, don’t see this movie. However, if you dislike horror movies because they’re mostly poorly made, or even if you absolutely love horror movies, go see this movie immediately. Personally, I’m not a big fan of horror movies. Generally I find they never accomplish what I want them to. I’m never scared out of my mind, I’m never sucked into the experience, and quite frankly, most horror movies are terribly made. They’re boring, predictable, and largely inept at conveying a compelling story. The Cabin in the Woods is somewhat antithetical to all of that. Go see what I mean. This movie deserves the praise it is receiving and the money I hope it receives.