Film review: Carrie (2013) Dir. Kimberley Pierce
Synopsis: A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Firstly: I can understand why you would want to remake Carrie because bullying is still a huge problem in high schools, especially cyber bullying which the film goes into. It is still a very relevant story for today.
Secondly, I have two problems with this remake: the way it was made and the casting of Carrie. Kimberly Pierce has relied so heavily on CGI which brings the film down so much because it lacks the rawness and realism of the first film. Carrie can not weld doors shut! She could move things with her mind but she can not do handywork! *facepalm*
How do you match Brian De Palma’s epic killer prom scene? You can’t. You can only make it special in another way which is what Pierce couldn’t do: she used CGI too heavily which made the whole scene look plastic and this is why De Palma’s original is better and more chilling. The scene we had all been waiting for did not stand out stylistically in the way it should have. Every camera shot in this scene should have stood out but instead looking back it just seemed like a rush of CGI bodies flying everywhere.
In terms of casting: Julianne Moore is always great at the cray cray. Moore grounds the film where it is needed and does a great Stephen King villain. Chloe Grace-Moretz is without a doubt completely miscast though. I see the appeal of her, I see it but she can not play Carrie for people who take their films seriously. Her acting choices (facial expressions for example) are obvious and repetitive in Carrie. This a good looking girl who does not fit into the shoes of a true ugly duckling that is Carrie White. In fact her performance is somewhat of a stereotype and too safe. Sissy Spacek standing on that stage covered in blood, staring unblinkingly into the crowd as she created chaos was such a frightening moment that Chloe Grace-Moretz unfortunately could not send the same chills down your spine.
Having said all this, I really don’t think the target audience will give a shit enough about quality to see the flaws in this remake. True film lovers will always love and respect the original Carrie and will be able to see through this dumbed down modern version. I wish in some way I could look at this film without the original in mind and compare but why should we when we already had such a perfect film in the form of De Palma’s original? Thankfully the original will always be a part of film history . This remake however, I doubt will be remembered in ten years time.
My rating: ★★☆☆☆