Review: The Thing (2011)

Director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman deliver the commentary for this highly problematic remake-sequel-reboot of John Carpenter's 1982 classic.

It's an enjoyable track, full of interesting production details, and both guys seem very likable, unfortunately they fail to address any of the burning questions a dedicated fan would have. Besides the obvious - Why make the film at all? - they barely mention the controversial CGI effects, or talk about how much they tried to shot practically. They praise Mary Elizabeth Winstead constantly. Apparently she was a sweetheart, and that probably prevents them from noticing how utterly miscast she is.

This track was recorded weeks before the premiere of the film, so they don't yet know how bad it's going to be received. That might have done them some good, because they seem clueless as to how inferior this film is to the original.

Availability: DVD and Blu-ray releases.

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