Otherwise known as Friday the 13th parts 1 - 3 combo remake/ Friday the 13th Reboot.
Saw it last week, but figured a 'review' of it is a bit long overdue.
You know... I came out of there with mixed feelings. Good in general, but still mixed.
It really threw me off, how the whole weed thing kept getting re-emphasized. I understand they wanted to give the fodder, er, I mean characters a REASON to go there in the first place, but the way they executed the whole 'legendary weed patch' thing was kinda poor. They almost made it seem like Jason was a grumpy & psychotic weed plantation dude, hell bent on protecting his stash & crop. I'm reaaaally glad that about halfway they got away from that, and it became clear that it was just good ol' Jason being motivated by being a big brutal killing machine.
I didn't like the 'cooking in the sleeping bag' kill, tho. I thought that was a bit out of character, just didn't seem right. I'd rather they had homaged the 'sleeping bag against the tree' kill, THAT was killer. Also, the hick dude's death seemed kinda pointless and thrown in (again, hick dude went for weed, & this gave the impression that he was paying the price for messing with the Big J's marijuana stash).
I think Derek Mears was pretty good, though I found his wardrobe to be a bit distracting (White wifebeater looking shirt? Why not a darker color, gray or blue or even forest green at least?) Also there was a couple of shots where the coat was hugging his waist a bit much, and it almost looked like he was wearing a short trenchcoat with a belt on, being all fashionable, it was only for a sec, but it threw me off. I like my Jason Vorhees big brawny and brutal.
On the flipside, the scene in the shed where he's just barreling through shit, walking through the shelves and muscling his way out, THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME. That really sold me on it, that this was Jason freakin' Vorhees.
*SMALL SEMI-SPOILER AHEAD*
I did get a bit worried near the end, though. I was like, oh great, killing him off already?!!? But I'm glad that's not exactly how it happened. The 'say hello to your mother... IN HELL!' lil Jason goes to hell spoof was great.
Again, after that, I got worried that 'oh and then he sinks and they live happily ever after'... and then... well you know. That gave me the maniacal knowing giggles. (but damn, he put that mask on HELLA FAST!)
***SPOILER ALERT OVER***
I think for a reboot, it was good, and I really like & can appreciate how they pretty much repackaged the first 3 films.
Oh oh, and also...
I felt the deaths shoulda been a bit more creative. Some of them were boring and throwaway (like the screwdriver). And what was up with the sleeping bag kill? Seemed too out of character. WTF was he doing sitting there watching, was he roasting marshmallows too?
The fireplace skewer was cool though, that felt appropriate, same with the dock/ girl in water kill. Antlers was good, axe to the back to the front was good also. Crunchy.
Heh, I hope they do the 'crush head eyeball pop' kill from F13th pIII again in one of these.
I'm just reaaaaaally glad they didn't go the 'gore porn' Hostel route with this movie. (I am of the opinion that Hostel sucks... and that John Doe from Se7en could kick stupid head Jigsaw's garbled ass any day, or at least out perform him with in the clever but diabolical modus operandi department).
Now, I'm really hoping that if there's another one (is it true there's supposed to be 2?) that they start going the 'undead & unstoppable huge brute' route, but doing it RIGHT. I think, most Jason/ Ft13th fans kinda glean all the best bits of the lore from all the flicks to build up the best version of Jason that we can - I'm actually really hopeful that these guys will use all that to truly revitalize and realise the character & series.
And the whole pretty people thing gets a bit old (wtf was with the one chick at the beginning's boobery? It was like she had 2 giant M&M's duct taped to her ribs!). Give me Joe Everyday Schmoe and the 'real' looking girls instead. Which is actually something I really appreciated about 'Hatchet' (which btw, have you seen that?). I hope they do more 'normal' people in the following Ft13th films.
Oddly enough... it almost seems like they took a big chunk of the formula from Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon for lots of the way the movie was set up... But I suppose, Leslie Vernon did the same when it came to the rules of the 'industry'. (By the way, if you haven't seen BTM:TROLV - I highly recommend you do... NOW!)