Cabin in the Woods was amazing. I came out of the cinema exhilirated and couldn’t rid myself of a loony grin as I caught the train to my abode. No doubt my fellow commuters thought me strange and simple-like, but this is okay. They probably do not yet know The Majesty That Is Your Film.
I have read on the interwebs that a sequel to Cabin in the Woods may occur. In light of this, I have come up with a way to continue the glories you have started.
Click ONLY if you’ve already seen Cabin in the Woods (or if you’re Drew Goddard or Joss Whedon)
Oh my god, you guys, I saw The Avengers again today and it was just as good as the first time!!! This time, I thought I would take notes on why it was so awesome (and also to learn a bit at the movie knee of Joss) but that kind of stopped about twenty minutes into the movie. Because I got distracted. BY THE AWESOME.
So, I’m going to detail my twenty minutes worth of notes below the jump. Potential spoilers, peeps. Click away ONLY if you’ve ALREADY SUCCUMBED TO THE AWESOME
Written and directed by my writing hero, Joss Whedon, The Avengers is the culmination of Marvel Studios multi-movie plan. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk all come together to form the world’s heroes – The Avengers. Also part of the team, but without solo movies, are Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Yeah. It was awesome.
So, why was this movie so awesome? Let me detail the ways!
No spoilers, peeps, so proceed without fear
One of things that mightily impressed me is how the cost to the characters was portrayed. These guys are superheroes, right? Nothing hurts them, correct?
The best way to show the power and might of an enemy is to show the damage they can wreck. If our heroes are SUPER, show the physical cost of their battles. If a demi-god, a super soldier, and a man in an iron suit can be beaten about as if they are annoying flies, what does that say about the might of the bad guys?
Our heroes get beaten up A LOT, and it takes it out of them. Each character shows the physical cost fighting bad guys takes on them, and yet they pick themselves up and continue fighting. This is a theme Joss Whedon visits often, especially in Angel. True heroism is picking yourself up when you’ve been beaten down, and continuing to fight.
Joss has an amazing ear for dialogue. There are ten main characters, and each one sounds unique and different. Loki’s voice sounds nothing like Tony Stark’s voice, which sounds nothing like Agent Coulson’s voice, which sounds nothing like Natasha Romanoff’s voice. Each character’s dialogue informs their personality and goals.
When Thor speaks in his grandiose, Shakespearen way, you know this is because he is from another world. When Tony Stark makes smart-arse comments, you know he’s doing it to piss everyone off.
A big action or dramatic moment, where your heart is racing and you feel you are about to leap out of your skin, is immediately undercut with humour. You bark a laugh, and realise this is pacing at its finest.
Also, watch out for Hulk and Thor’s moment – fried gold.
The Tony Stark/Pepper Potts scene. LOVE.
So there’s a few reasons I HEART The Avengers. I’m definitely going to rewatch this as soon as I possibly can.
How can you not HEART Joss Whedon? This was his response when asked about what he’d do in the inevitable (please, God!) The Avengers sequel:
By not trying to [top it]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.
Does this guy know his stuff or what?? I WOULD GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN A HEARTBEAT.
But then, I’d go see anything by Joss. So, really, not much of a recommendation ;p