Originally Posted by Greg_R_STL
I watched Cabin in the Woods for the first time tonight, and really enjoyed it. I found the concept to be totally unique, but probably long overdue as a take on the horror genre. Naturally, any film that analyzes its own genre is going to inspire some backlash, but I was well entertained, and I didn't actively hate any of the characters.
If you mean it's overdue in the sense that it's far too late to the party, then I'll agree.
Scream (and it's lesser sequels) did this very thing years ago. Even Shaun of the Dead got into deconstruction of zombie theory a bit, as well. There's also Funny Games from 2007. It's like how the "found footage" category was pretty worn out with all the other attempts following "The Blair Witch Project", though I do think Cloverfield improved on the genre.
My issue isn't that it analyzes itself so much as it fails to offer any depth. Every moment where they could have really stepped into being self aware, it felt like it stepped back as if it were afraid to embrace what it wanted to be. Plus, it felt like it didn't really know how it wanted to get from point A to B to C, with many things that didn't make sense once you got to the conclusion. It's like they had a bunch of ideas on what the movie would lead up to, but forgot to modify the middle portions to jive with that conclusion.
As far as the characters, I didn't hate any of them either. In fact, other than the pothead guy, I didn't give a damn about any of them. I was completely apathetic as to whether they lived or died.