Carrie (2013) is a remake of the 1976 movie starts out full speed ahead, as we watch a confused mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore), giving birth to a child. She’s confused because she didn’t know she was pregnant until the child popped out.
For some reason, she almost kills the child, but something stays her hand.
We jump ahead to high school, watching a socially inept Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) trying to participate in water polo, and not doing very well at it.
Later, she has her first period and her classmates ridicule her for it. It’s here that we see that she has some power. The kids threw a pile of tampons at Carrie, as she started to get mad, we saw them start to inch away from Carrie… until the gym teacher slaps her, and snaps her out of it.
But it’s from here that she starts to understand she’s got something going on.
She seriously needs some help from Dr. Xavier, but as we watch, we see her doing research and getting to understand her “condition.”
She has a friend in a fellow student, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), who feels bad about what happened in the gym and the gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin (Judy Greer).
Then there are the bad girls, led by Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) and her dick-head boyfriend Billy (Alex Russell).
And then there’s Sue, who wants to make it up to Carrie by having her boyfriend ask her to the prom.
Oh god, the prom. Anyone who has seen the original knows where this is going.
The Carrie remake is directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) off a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Big Love).
The movie more or less follows along with the original, with a few tweaks here and there that make it stand out just a touch from the original. Though it’s possible that having the man who wrote the original, re-write the re-make. (Cohen)
Judy Greer delivers a wonderfully caring adult teacher that is there at all the right times for Carrie. This girl is a busy actress and I’d keep an eye on her future career. She’s going places.
Gabriella White (The Three Musketerrs (2011)) who plays Sue, is in her second major film role and does herself credit as the relative newbie. And most men will make note that she has some seriously long legs. Even my wife made note of them!
Portia Doubleday, who plays the main instigator and wild girl bitch, Chris, pulls off her role wonderfully, as I sat there despising her character nicely.
The rest of the cast did not distract from the story, but something has to be said for Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
Julianne Moore plays the role of the religiously repressed woman wonderfully, as we learn quickly how “old testament” she is. Including her self-mutilation habits to help her deal with the “evil” of people around her and what she has to suffer to live amongst them.
Yep, Moore is almost a scene stealer in this movie and does the re-make justice, from the mother’s perspective.
Then there’s the duality of Moretz’s role, being the abused and repressed child who grew up under her mothers old-testament thumb. She wobbles emotionally between the uncertain, sheltered child, to the teenage young woman who understands that there’s more to life than this religiously repressed existence her mom has tried to make her believe in.
Moretz flips back and forth between the two psyches throughout the movie, though she spends the majority of her time in the unsure side of her mind.
And when she loses it, Moretz’s character’s practice of her skills makes her a worthy X-Man contender. Professor X would be proud.
With that said, with all that was said and done in the story, and the final act culminates in a certain, finite moment, the ending of the film left me wanting just a touch more.
And that final moment, that final scene during the closing monologue, I don’t think was necessary or needed. It could have ended slightly different and left a much better feel heading into the credits.
Despite that all, I’d happily give this Carrie re-make a popcorn-6. I don’t think I would have minded dropping money on the film in the theater, and had no problem dropping the rental fee on the movie.
If you’ve seen the original movie, this is just an updated version with a few new tweaks. But if you’ve never seen the original, you might just be entertained by this telekinetic wielding, psychologically abused child.