Perhaps it was the extended hiatus, (or maybe it’s my lenient standards for movies) but Scream 4 was a fairly pleasant experience – as far as slasher movies can be pleasant.
The opening was an extended post-modern joke, a bit gimmicky; the storyline incorporated the right contemporary updates – Facebook, video blogging, webcams, references to horror movies remakes – the right story updates to the characters, and other nice touches (for example, horror movie cliches as drinking games). There were supposed to be parallels to the first film, but I just couldn’t remember it.
However there were numerous plot implausibilities, particularly in the revelation of Ghostface (despite the seeding of suspects), and I frequently felt that the characters should just have ganged up to take the assailant down. There was a sequence in the latter part of the movie that went bit far with Emma Roberts. I liked Hayden Panettiere’s character, and thought that Marley Shelton was pretty funny.
This was a decent movie in the franchise.