This movie is a ‘ re-imagining ‘ of the 1976 cult classic of the same name. Both are (obviously) based on the Stephen King novel which, when I read it as a teenager struggling with my own angst and feelings of not belonging, spoke to me in a creepily, disturbing way. Stephen King novels are like that though. Oh what I would have given to have had Carrie’s powers. But I digress…..
Carrie (Moretz) is the shy, meek daughter of religious zealot Margaret (Moore). Margaret is terrified Carrie will succumb to the temptations of the world and thus suffocates her with religion, hovering and creeping about the house always watching and waiting. Carrie has been home schooled for much of her life and is an outcast at school. She is heartbreakingly naive and an easy target for the school mean girl bitches who torment her every chance they get.
Carrie gets her period for the first time in the school showers and, having no idea what is happening to her, thinks she is bleeding to death and becomes hysterical, screaming for help. Instead of helping her, her classmates taunt her relentlessly, throwing tampons and pads at her as she lays sobbing in a pool of blood and water. This is when her telekinetic powers appear for the first time.
One classmate, Sue (Wilde) feels sorry for Carrie and manages to convince her boyfriend Billy (Russell) to ask the hapless girl to prom. It is a pure gesture of remorse and acceptance and Carrie accepts but remains wary. She may be meek and the daughter of a loony but she isn’t stupid.
On the night of the prom, the mean girl’s leader, the spoiled bratish Chris (Doubleday) plans to humiliate Carrie in the most horrible way. But Carrie retaliates and what follows is mayhem, murder and bloodshed.
I am not sure why they wanted to remake a classic. And a cult classic at that. The original Carrie, as b-grade as it is, was pivotal in the upward career trajectory of two of its stars (the amazingly talented Sissy Spacek and career comeback King John Travolta). This time round, with the stunning Moore as a religious zealot, a role she handles with frightening intensity, and the young actor to watch Moretz as the movie’s protagonist, it seemed unlikely that this movie would go wrong. And it doesn’t go wrong. It is just…..blah.
There is no re-imagining here. It is almost word for word the original. It was an okay movie but I did expect more and was a little disappointed. I could not put my finger on exactly what was wrong but it’s the tension. The build up to prom. Sure many of us know what is going to happen but there is no tension.That’s what is missing.
Spacek bought an awkward, quirky believability to her Carrie whereas Moretz brings just a pretty, misunderstood girl. She can do much better. Kick Ass anyone? Whatever you think about the movie, Moretz kicked arse.
I think this is the only horror movie until after Christmas so if you need your horror fix, it’s not to bad and you should catch it on the big screen. But otherwise …… well it’s up to you.
Love Flick xx
Director : Kimberly Peirce
Starring : Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Zoë Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer
Running Time : 100 minutes
Release Date : 28 November, 2013