It’s worth mentioning that I haven’t seen the original Carrie so this review can’t be a comparison of the two. That being said, this movie does strike me as a film trying to do something new without really achieving anything fresh. It feels – average.
It’s not a bad film. It managed to keep my interest for the running time and is a fairly decent story but nothing of the movie really struck me as groundbreaking. I knew the story of Carrie and the most famous moments just from the way they had seeped into pop culture and this movie seemed to deliver those moments, unchanged but with slightly better effects.
It’s the biggest complaint from any remake; what’s the point. People rave about Carrie and I may watch that movie and wonder what people find so appealing and after watching this film, I can’t see myself being blown away by the original, especially if this is a copy or better.
There are some aspects that are very good about the remake of Carrie. Namely, the two central performances. Chloe Grace Moretz is very good as the shy girl on the edge of the high school popularity group. She is believable as both victim and the psycho she needs to become and it is clear why she is such a sought after talent.
On the other end of the career scale is Julianne Moore. She is perfectly creepy and menacing as the mother and it is clear why Carrie is the way she is. In fact, Moore’s character is the only really “scary” part of the whole movie, giving a disturbing performance that will creep anyone out and has some unforgettable aspects to it.
That is the other issue with the movie. I’m not sure what the original Carrie was like but this isn’t a scary movie. It is creepy and in some cases mildly disturbing but never truly scary, especially in the final moments when it should be.
It’s not even that shocking. I’m sure when the movie first came out, the famous meltdown at the end and the scenes that follow probably were quite extreme but in a time post-Saw and Hostel, the gory way in which the bullies of the central character are dispatched hardly raise an eyebrow, let alone shock or disturb anyone.
Overall, Carrie is a movie that feels unnecessary. There is an original that is considered a classic by a lot of people and a remake should improve upon that. I haven’t seen the original but this movie does not feel like it is improving on anything, offering a solid story in quite an average way. Good performances aside, its difficult to see what the overall need for this remake was at all.
Rating – 2.5
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