Carrie is one of those rare stories that never seems to change no matter how many times it’s retold, which is strange considering how drastically different remakes tend to be.
This version of Carrie brings the story into the modern era by using camera phones and YouTube, but, considering how much media attention cyber bullying has gotten recently, it seems like a missed opportunity that it isn’t really explored here in any great depth.
As one of those rare people who enjoy remakes of old movies, I don’t usually think that there isn’t a point in remaking a film, but this movie is so close to what came before that it is kind of boring.
There has been a lot of criticism about Chloe Grace Moretz playing Carrie. The main problem seems to be her looks, but it’s naive to think that no matter how bad your upbringing is that you’ll be well adjusted and fit in just because you’re attractive. The real concern should have been that Moretz made her name playing a crime fighter in Kick-Ass and may not be convincing as a victim. However, she still managed to believably play the awkward, scared, withdrawn Carrie.
Unfortunately, most of the characters around her are not played so well. The majority of the other students at her school seemed to have nothing else on their minds but Carrie. Their world totally revolved around her, whether that means helping her or destroying her.
As a result they come across extremely two dimensional. For example, Chris, the school bitch, was one of the most unredeemable characters in recent cinema, she was pure one sided evil and would have been more believable had she been trying to blow up Gotham City.
Julianne Moore plays Carrie’s unhinged over the top mother and she plays the part well. The relationship between the two characters is so central to the story and it really was done justice by the two actresses.
Besides Carrie and her mother, the only character that seems genuine and real is Ms Desjardin played by Judy Greer. The character is basically the teacher that should be in every school, minus a few outbursts, she seems to really look out for her students and want them to do the right thing.
It’s hard to say if Carrie could ever be considered scary. Even though it’s labelled a horror films it’s more like a tragic story about bullying and child abuse. Still, teenagers will relate to the misunderstood Carrie and if Chloe Moretz plays her cards right maybe Samuel L. Jackson will recruit Carrie to the Avengers, because this version of the character has gotten a serious power upgrade.
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