The Thing

The Thing ★★★

Hi, my name is Screening Notes, and I'm... a remake apologist.

Hi Screening Notes.

It's been three and a half weeks since my last remake, but last night... last night I watched the remake of The Thing, and I don't mean John Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece, I mean the new 2011 one... and I liked it. I mean, I didn't just think it wasn't bad, I actively enjoyed watching it. The effects are nothing compared to Carpenter's and the ending has some issues (although the way the credits sequence sets up the 1982 version is nice), but I genuinely loved the introduction of the language barrier to heighten tension and play on the question of who's a Thing, and I thought the intrusion of the feminine into the male domain (Carpenter's was an all-male cast and almost all-male crew) was well executed and intriguing.

There's something innately fascinating about the Capgras delusion that makes movies like this and Invasion of the Body Snatchers so enjoyable for me, and this iteration of the story really succeeds in playing up the idea of how we know who we are. There are also some loving recreations of scenes from Carpenter's version of the film as well as elements taken from the original 1951's The Thing from Another World. There are a couple jump scares, but they're generally well orchestrated and for the most part the film relies on atmosphere or character tensions.

This movie might have its fair share of flaws (eg. not enough character development for the deaths to have much weight), but it also has moments of actual greatness, and for these I would recommend the movie to anyone interested.

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