The Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods, and Moral Choices

While I am going to review neither The Hunger Games nor Cabin in the Woods at length (at least not now), I did want to write a piece comparing the two.  More accurately, contrasting the two, because I had completely different experiences with each.

I went into The Hunger Games knowing very little about the story, other than what I could glean from the trailer.  It looked like a watered-down version of Battle Royale, so my expectations were somewhat minimal.  Meanwhile, Cabin in the Woods was a must-see because of the involvements of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard.  And, as I found out after I began to watch, Amy Acker.  Note to any filmmakers who happen to be reading:  everything is better with Amy Acker.  Give her work.

Both movies tell very different types of stories.  Both nevertheless have very similar background failings.  Both kept me involved in their stories right to the climax.  But I walked out of The Hunger Games enchanted – twice – whereas Cabin in the Woods disappointed me enough to not earn the repeat business I had been planning to give it.  Why?  What’s the difference?

[Spoilers ahead.  Proceed only if you dare.] (more…)

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