The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Rating:

A generic description and little commercial advertising made The Cabin in the Woods as enjoyable as it was.  Half the fun was trying to figure out what exactly was going on throughout the whole thing, although I had a pretty good guess since fairly early on.  But it was still exciting to watch and wait for the writers to reveal to you what is really happening.  Joss Whedon does it again for me, and leads his movie viewers around a maze of horrors and mysteries by the nose.

The Cabin in the Woods can be easily spoiled if someone tells you about it, much like movies such as The Sixth Sense or Saw.  Therefore, all I can say is at times the movie does indeed look like exactly what you expect, but at other times The Cabin in the Woods really surprises you, either with campy jokes that you can’t help but laugh at or unrealistic amounts of blood and gore.

The Cabin in the Woods is really really enjoyable to watch the first time around, but I doubt it really has much replay value once you’ve seen it.  Also, one should just try to enjoy the movie, and the humor, and not dwell too much on the “hows”, “whys”, and potential plot holes.

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Sucker Punch (2011)

Rating:

* Was the story any good?  Not only was it not very good, Sucker Punch was mired with strange imaginary battles that didn’t really make sense, but featured the girls, guns, katanas, zombie-like bad guys and lots of special effects.
* Were the girls at least smoking hot?  Well, they weren’t ugly, they just coated in a thick layer of make-up.
* Was the acting almost decent?  It was not even close to almost decent acting, AND we didn’t even get to see Sweet Pea do her ‘mesmerizing’ dance by the end.

In the end, I don’t really understand what Sucker Punch was about.  And it also really failed if it was just trying to show a movie with hot girls fighting.  I thinkSucker Punch was trying to tell the story of a girl being abused in a juvenile detention center for women through her eyes/mind.  From her point of view, I guess it was constantly an over-dramatic and over-exaggerated war between the guards and her five friends.

There is no reason I would ever watch Sucker Punch again, and there really is no reason to watch it for the first time either.