A monumental achievement in sound and picture. Not a second is wasted in this spiritual adventure that exudes wonder, mesmerizing you with the alien atmosphere reached perfection by Zimmer's masterful score.
Can't wait for the sequel.
I'm almost at the end of my Kurosawa journey and I couldn't be more enamored with the erudite director. Dersu Uzala is another gem in his oeuvre. This is a story of a memorable friendship, an ethereal bond that portrays the best of humanity and Kurosawa, once again, uses nature to enrich the story, embellishing the scenery with snow-covered landscapes rippling away into the distance, the icebergs melting to a roaring flood, and the labyrinth of jungle that only a guide like Dersu can keep you on the right track.
Granted, there are many horror flicks I've yet to watch, but so far The Thing might be fav. It gives the right amount of information to make you a participant in the story; it offers a compelling psychological view of group dynamics when confronted with a threat; it strips the characters of their moral and "human" aspects, making them pure animals in search for survival; it provides a convincing background and a riveting storyline for the thing; and finally, I give credits to John Carpenter for his impeccable direction that has created some of my favorite horror scenes.