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Pleasantly surprised with this re-make...
on 1 November 2017
John Carpenter's The Thing is one of my favourite films, which means I came to this expecting to be disappointed. Happily, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The idea of showing what happened at the Norwegian camp before the 1982 film started was a good idea, although I think this is essentially a re-make rather than a prequel as the basic story and plot development is virtually identical. If you're familiar with The Thing (1982) your could pretty much have written this screenplay yourself, but that doesn't make it any less interesting. It does lack a little of the edge of Carpenter's film, but that may be because I saw the latter in the cinema when it was first released. If you are a fan of the 1982 film, you'll enjoy the references to it and the attention to detail (from musical cues to the typeface used for the titles) - and make sure you watch the end credits. There's a lot of criticism in the reviews here for the special effects, but I think much of it is unfair - the effects are perfectly good and satisfyingly gruesome. Fans of John Carpenter's film will see it as a respectful and well-made homage to that classic, and it's well worth a watch.