Like Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick Ass,” Joseph Kahn’s “Detention,” and Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Cabin in the Woods” is a film that critiques a genre while simultaneously acting as an entry in it. While all but “Scott Pilgrim” have struggled to keep those lines well defined, first time director Drew Goddard largely succeeds thanks to a sharp script co-written by Joss Whedon.
At this point, I know better than to expect any sort of depth from a Marvel movie. If the five films leading up to this epic tent-pole picture have taught me anything, it’s that Marvel is more interested in delivering middle-of-the-road action pictures than compelling character dramas.
That being said, “The Avengers” is the kind of summer blockbuster that general audiences always hope the studios will deliver, only this time they actually do it. Marvel and director Joss Whedon have made a fun piece of popcorn entertainment that is true to the comic book characters it’s based upon. It reminds me of the kind of thing I would’ve reenacted during summer vacations with my action figures and that experience alone is a satisfying one.