A SPOILER-FREE MINI-REVIEW
I saw the new Thing movie with my daughter yesterday and other members of the family and friends saw a later showing, and we all LOVED it! The thing is (and sorry for the unintentional pun) you have to take the movie for what it is - a very good B-Movie monster flick. It makes several "nods" to the Carpenter flick, and we had fun going "Oh, so that's why such-and-such was in the Carpenter flick." I thought the creature effects were fantastic. This Thing scuttles around and chases you and crashes through walls and makes you go' "OH SH*T!". In the Carpenter film Clark says, "I don't know what it is, but it's weird and pissed off!" Well, the Thing in this movie is VERY weird and VERY pissed off.
The one main gripe I had with this film is the music. It often reverts to cliched Loud-Horns-And-Loud-Violins-Something-Exciting-Is-Happening music. I would've preferred more of the creepy Carpenter-film score; but that's a pretty minor quibble for me.
Go assimilate some friends and go see it!