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The Thing (2)

October 26, 2011


A day after watching this I can say that I don’t have any ill will towards the film. The Thing (2011) in no way matches the The Thing (1982). However, you like the main characters Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton and the movie moves along at a nice Norwegian pace.

The biggest problem I have with the film is that it is too clean. The movie looks like it was shot on a set. The wardrobes are too J-Crew and the CGI takes away from the grime of the original. The Thing (1982) made you feel cold, isolated and tense. This film makes you realize how great the original is.

Also, according to this film Antarctica is not that cold and snow looks like styrofoam. There is a scene in the film where Winstead runs out into the cold without a jacket yet seems perfectly fine. I know this is a minor point but wouldn’t the filmmakers have thought about this. It would have made the scene more tense if she risked her life to warn others. The scene could have been entertaining. However, it made me shrug.

Watch this film, enjoy the Norwegians, do not compare it to the original.

Check out Johns review of The Thing here.


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