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Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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9:58p
The Cabin in the Woods
So, the Joss Whedon horror movie finally made it into the wild. It's been so long in coming that I've kept confusing it with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. But anyway: seen it now.

It's hard to say a lot about this film without spoilers, and apparently some reviewers have been very spoilery - James Moran mentioned one review that spoiled the closing frame of the film in the opening sentence of the review; that's just mean, people. In light of that, I've avoided reading anything about the film, so went knowing only that it was Joss' take on the sort of film that Evil Dead and its kin spawned: teenagers go for a break to said cabin in woods, and very bad things happen.

In terms of the story, I'm not going to say any more than that. Nope.

There are other things that I can mention, without giving things away. For at start, it's very funny. There's Whedon's trademark under-cutting of portent. You know the kind of thing I mean: like in Angel, where a demon would be going through the process of conducting a ritual, full of ancient language and moody overtones, then would get a cell-phone call part-way through. From its mom. There's Whedon's trademark recycling of other actors ("ooh, ooh, it's whatsisface! Y'know! From thingy!"). And it has Something To Say about tropes in horror movies. These kind of horror movies, especially.

The other important thing to say about this Whedon film is that it's not just a Whedon film. Drew Goddard directed it, and co-wrote it. Credit is due.

So: fun.
10:19p
Avengers Assemble
(In the UK, this is actually titled Marvel Avengers Assemble. That's not just a company logo in there. They must have finally twigged just how much Steed and Mrs Peel are hardwired into the collective British subconscious. And then panicked.)

This is a pretty long film, and also fairly linear, but surprisingly enjoyable. Short version of the plot: Loki, the Asgard God, is after The Tesseract, a mcguffin that has ended up in SHIELD's hands on earth, so he decides to turn up and claim it. Earth, that is. Nick Fury assembles the Avengers, and punching happens.

The script's a work of art. The lead characters - Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evan's Steve Rogers (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Tom Hiddleston's Loki - are juggled sufficiently well to both get things to do and rub each other up the wrong way, as befits their characters. Plus, there's Clark Gregg's Agent Coulsen, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts and Colbie Smulders' Agent Hill all getting a word in as secondary characters.

Favorite bit: Rogers, Stark and Banner all reflecting on different things they find baffling/wrong with the situation, whether they're being manipulated, and by whom.

There's some very funny bits in here, too. And for one of them, the audience applauded. I honestly can't remember the last time a cinema audience did that. Hats off to Joss Whedon and Zak Penn.

Now, can we please have a Black Widow movie? Preferably two, instead of the inevitable sequels to either Captain America or Thor.

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