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This will probably be the closest I come to a thorough review of a movie this month, since I feel like most people haven’t seen this movie yet.
I went in trying not be skeptical of the movie, but I knew there was no way I wouldn’t be picking it apart. Right away, the obvious thing I have to point out is that it’s not as good as Carpenter’s. That said though, I actually thought it was a pretty worthy sequel (prequel), especially considering the vast time between the two movies. The people who made this movie really did their homework, and they wrote a script that pays homages to both 1982’s ‘The Thing’ and 1951’s ‘The Thing from Another World’ (but moreso to Carpenter’s masterpiece). They also made sure that they set everything up perfectly to transition into that movie. In fact, this one ends minutes or maybe even seconds before Carpenter’s film begins.
In all honesty though, this reminded me a lot of Evil Dead II, in the sense that it was a just as much a remake as it was a prequel (or in EDII’s case, a sequel of course). It did a good job of being 100% accessible to anyone who never saw the 82 film (do those people exist? what’s their problem?) while still creating a lot of tension for people like me, who practically have Carpenter’s version memorized.
I liked that they seemed to use real props for the Thing whenever possible, as opposed to CGI…or maybe the CGI was just really good. I did feel this one was a little more action oriented as opposed to how atmospheric the ‘82 version was, but not terribly… This is another movie after all. Also Mary Elizabeth Winstead is very pretty, so that was nice too.