Movie Review: Carrie

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role.

Synopsis: Raised by an overbearing, overly religious mother, telekinetic Carrie White didn't know everything there was to know about her changing body. So, when she got her first period in the girl's locker room following gym class, she freaked out and the other girls made fun of her and even took a video of the incident.
As a result of her guilt over the incident, one of the girls convinces her boyfriend to ask Carrie to the prom so she could enjoy a magical evening. However, Carrie's mom and some of her classmates are opposed to the idea and hope to ruin her evening.

Who's in it?

Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabrielle Wilde, Portia Doubleday and Ansel Elgort star in this movie.

Carrie

Chlo‰ Grace Moretz and Academy Awardr nominee Julianne Moore* star in this exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King's iconic best seller. After merciless taunting from classmate...

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A Remake that Exceeded My Expectations

My kids were in bed at a reasonable hour last night and, even after watching one of our television shows, my wife and I had time to watch a movie. At first, I wasn’t really sure what that movie would be. However, we came across the 2013 remake of “Carrie” on Netflix and decided to give that a try.

With very few exceptions, I’m normally not a huge fan of horror movie remakes because they very rarely offer any sort of improvement over the original. And, as a result of that, I didn’t have my expectations set very high with this particular film. As it turns out, I was only partially correct when it came to this movie. As expected, it wasn’t considerably different from the 1976 version. However, it still turned out to be better than expected.

One thing I liked about this movie, in particular, was the modernized twists that were thrown in. It wasn’t enough that Carrie (Moretz) was bullied in the girl’s locker room, the bullies had to take a video of it and post it on the internet too, something that made the infamous incident even worse.

Another thing that really impressed me about this film was Moore’s performance as Carrie’s mother. Carrie, because of the bullying and torment she goes through, is more of a victim and, as a result of that, while she’s powerful, she also isn’t overly scary. Moore’s performance compensates for that because she manages to pull off a character that is mentally unstable and prone to violence. But, at the same time, there was still an overall feeling that she really did love her daughter and, ultimately, only wanted to protect her. That’s not something that is easy to pull off.

I also think Doubleday deserves some credit for her portrayal of Carrie’s main tormentor, Chris. She took the character to a whole new level and, instead of just being a jealous bully, she seemed mentally unstable to the point I would expect her to be a future serial killer.

My only real complaint about this movie has to be the ending, which I think was considerably tamer than the original’s ending (a scene that still has me feeling nervous whenever I’m around graves).  Given the fact this movie had the benefit of better special effects, I was a bit let down by the fact they didn’t use them to their advantage and end the film with something that would have more of an impact.

Carrie (Special Edition)

Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie "catches the mind, shakes it and refuses to let it go" (Time)! Starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (in OscarÂ(r)-nominate...

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Carrie

Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift....

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Final Opinion

While Moretz did a decent job, I do think Sissy Spacek made a better Carrie overall and, mostly because of that, I still prefer the 1976 original. However, as far as remakes go, this film does exceed expectations and is worth watching at least once.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 09/10/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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