Second Opinion | Carrie Movie Review
Carrie from 1976 never really stuck out as a movie that I just needed to see. Throughout the past few years I have been trying to catch-up on the films that are considered classics, Carrie was not one of those films I felt obligated to see. I have however seen the famous finale of the film. Carrie is based off of Stephen King’s first book, in which a young sheltered girl is bullied and discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Carrie is also famous for its revenge scene. Carrie (2013) never had my attention, in its advertisements, and the movie did not deliver on nearly anything.
Carrie felt like every other horror remake. Right-off-the-bat we have the red lettered title slides, next there is the addition of technology, such as cellphones and social media platforms. A few years ago it was “oh man I have no service out in these woods,” now it’s “lets post this humiliating video on the internet”. It also opens up with a women graphically giving birth, that reminds me of another horror remake/origin story, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. This is not quite the reason why Carrie pissed me off; it is that Carrie had no passion put into it.
I cannot complain and say that Carrie is a mirror image of the original, as mentioned before, I have not seen the whole film, but Carrie is still absolutely predictable from beginning to end. I felt as though this film was passionless because nothing seemed authentic. I need authenticity in order to be invested in a horror film. The remake of Evil Dead felt authentic with its practical effects and serviceable performances. Carrie resorts to bland CGI-effects and teenage angst that was overblown and unrealistic.
Stephen King is my favorite author and something that he is great at is making an unrealistic premise down-to-earth and relatable. I have not read Carrie but I doubt that it has the unrealistic bullying shown in this film. Also the girls that were supposed to be “super attractive but using there good looks to manipulate,” none of that worked, because the main bully was not even attractive. That’s just me though, and hardly a complaint.
Now the part that people go to see the movie for is the prom scene. I have to say that while there are a few cool deaths, you might want to stick with the original because it had that one thing that I mentioned before, authenticity. Also the ultimate revenge scene which I will not describe, it would have been way cooler if it put the lame slow-motion and the terrible CGI aside.
The only part of this film that worked was the performances. Chloe Grace Moretz was good enough in film, but it did nothing to broaden her acting talents considering how great she was in films like Hugo. Julianne Moore was fine as Carrie’s crazy mommy. The most authentic characters and performances were the gym teacher, and the guy who played Tommy.
Overall Carrie was like a bland meal with preservatives served on a silver platter. Nothing authentic or motivational about the films direction, in other words, might as well forget that a remake for Carrie exists and skip it.