Its not a cop out, people don't perspectivise(neologism) things. If Zach Snyder complained about The Thing or Eli Roth you would want to listen. Cabin Fever is essentially the same movie as The Thing, it follows the same beats, except theres titties and fucking. Eli Roth has mentioned that Hostel 2 is the same movie as Mothers day. All writers ever do is take a concept, and change the attributes of the characters, the dialog, and the setting and you have a different story. The underlying structure stays the same though.
If you want to talk about remakes you have to compare apples to lemons. Take the New Nightmare on Elmstreet movie or the Psycho remake. Those are examples of bad remakes, and they are bad because all they are doing is taking the same movie and just replacing the actors. Then you can take remakes like Dawn of the Dead, and you take the same concept for the movie, but do something different and you have a good movie. Now you could call the movie something different, and thats another argument all together, but the hardest thing to do in making a movie is to come up with a new title, its better from a marketing standpoint just to call it the same title.
my biggest problem is when people complain about CG, they have no respect for CG artists, but seem to prefer traditional artists. What they don't realize is CG and traditional art take the same skill sets. The thing is CG is 100 times as hard and is about 20 times as time consuming. If you were to take the same CG models they did for the new Thinf movie and print them out with a plastic printer you would get way better real objects than any of the hand sculpted object made by Rob Bottin. They wouldn't be able to be animated. The only thing i can really see people complaining about with CG is the lighting, don't complain about the CG itself, complain about its lighting. One of the biggest things Robert Bottin did was make sure not to light the objects too much because the lighter the object the more they stick out, when they are evenly lit they look horriblehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCQEFoEyFRYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfdRTvytNvY&feature=player_detailpage#t=416s
My biggest complaint is that people are mostly cynical because they're lack of understanding. Its ignorance, and its driving them to sound like trolls. If you were to look at realistically "what did this movie set out to do?", then if the answer is that it did what it set out to do then it was successful. You can't define something solely on one of its parts, you have to look at every part and evaluate it, then you can begin to have an understanding on what it is. Too often people will find one flaw, and at that point it is worthless in their eyes.
The other point is TheThing 2011 is not a remake, its a prequel. Yes any movie about The Thing based on John Carpenters The Thing is going to have similar plotpoints where to some extant it is a quasi-remake. The new thing should have been called Thing 0, or something else. However, while I can think of several movies that set up for a Sequel, I can't think of any movie that did such a great job setting up for a prequel as The Thing. While, it does take some mystery away from what happened, I like that someone went and did it. Its like an episode of CSI where the crime scene people are reconstructing what happened based on all the evidence. What I really like about this new movie is that you could watch the movies back to back and it would be as if they were a single long movie. The other thing i like about it is The Thing creature has a character arch, one of the biggest complaints with the new movie is The Thing shows himself way too much. However, if you look at it from the perspective of The Thing itself, it starts off brash, and then only later begins to act more covert, and as the new movie plays you begin to see this. So, this is intentional, it makes the movie less suspenseful and more of a monster movie, but the first appearance of The Thing would be more like a typical monster movie, only with some careful study of human beings would it develop the covert strategy. After all when it first got to the planet there were no humans around when it froze. If you are looking at it from the perspective of the Thing it must be shocked.
The other huge complaint that is annoying is that Remakes, prequels and Sequels are big example of corporatism at its worse. Now lets take for example George Romero, does very little with the big studios, actually pretty much anti-studio till he wants a paycheck. He's known for zombie movies. While he has does movies that are not zombies on occasion... none of them are as well received as his zombie movies, in the end he loses money, and he has to sale the rights to one of his zombie movies to continue film making, and then he has to make a new zombie movie to make some more money back. He's not a corporation, but if he was he would be doing essentially what a corporation would do. Nobody complains that all each and every burger McDonalds sales is a remake of the first, but theres over a billion sold. Any corporation has to make a product(except fucking banks, but that gets into political discussion), and you can't blame them for reproducing a product that is successful. Now one could argue the thing was not successful, but im sure it made back plenty of money on home video than it did at the box office, after all it was launched again ET. It may take 30 years for them to make the money back on the new one to justify a sequel, but when theres fans there is a demand.
Also, fucking fans. I'm pretty sure there are forum posts on some horror website from 6-15 years ago where there is a fan thats like "hey man, I would really like to see a new movie about the thing", the movie gets made 6 years later, and probably the same person bitches and complains about it, and then goes on to say "they could do better". Theres such an annoying pack mentality to people, its like The Borg has taken over. Except rather than accomplishing time and faster than light travel, all they can manage to complain about is a prequel to a remake B-movie. Nothing pleases the banal and cynical. See, you could paint me cynical as well, but at least im cynical of cynical people, and not cynical on everything else. Even what im doing now is kinda stupid, kind of annoys me because I know that a stupid behavior primarily of males is coming to the defense of things they like, its part of an instinctual ego defense mechanism, but **** it. Theres probably some other jackass on some other forum doing the same thing as me. Cognitive dissonance is great. Oh the possibilities.