'Carrie': an unnecessary remake of a classic
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 03:10
Just in time for Halloween, “Carrie” is a remake of the 1976 classic based on a novel by Stephen King starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Carrie is a shy teenage outcast who is overshadowed by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore). She discovers she has a telekinetic ability, and unleashes the terror on her small town when she is pranked at her senior prom.
While this film is true to the original, it adds a few subtle updates like cyberbullying that make it a little more true to life than the 70s version. Moretz gives more depth and understanding to her character than the original, which allows the audience to understand where she’s coming from, if not relate entirely to the weirdness of being a teenager. She’s more human than the weirdo we remember from the classic. Julianne Moore plays Margaret White, Carrie’s religious nut mother, with a carefulness that the audience can’t write off as simply crazy, but must begin to understand the motivations of why she is how she is.
Unfortunately, the story is just too much of the same thing. The story doesn’t set itself apart enough to be a substantial remake. Some choices were great, like the real fake blood as opposed to CGI and other cool effect, but even still it doesn’t redeem the entire film from being predictable and unnecessary.
If you’ve seen the original, you’ve seen this film. Even with a well-acted cast and a timely update, this version doesn’t do much to stand apart from its predecessor and is boring in that respect. Audiences that haven’t seen the original will be able to appreciate the story much more as a creepy thriller instead of a poor remake.
This film is rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language, and some sexual content.