Sunday, October 20 2013, 01:57 PM MDT
Movie Review: Carrie
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde
Genre: Drama, Horror
Recommended To: Those looking for an updated adaptation of Steven King’s novel that doesn’t really improve upon Brian De Palma’s 1976 film.
Synopsis: Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the daughter of a reclusive religious zealot and a high school misfit who following a humiliating hazing by her classmates discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Review: Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie isn’t far removed from Brian De Palma’s 1976 cinematic adaption of Stephen King’s novel. Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have written a script that simply updates the story to include cellular phones and online sites to upload and share videos. The central themes and pathos are intact to the point of causing more than a few to question why it was being remade in the first place. A Carrie remake certainly wasn’t necessary, but it makes far more sense than 1999’s dismal sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 or Gus Van Sant’s 1998 shot-by-shot remake of Psycho. It presents the story to a modern audience in an age where bullying is a hotter topic and does a nice job doing so. Is Chloe Crace Moretz’s performance better than Sissy Spacek or does Julianne Moore’s presence make this the definitive film version? No, not really, but unlike an ample amount of remakes it at least has the decency to match the quality of the original. Would I have preferred that 2013’s adaptation best 1976’s? Of course. I had hoped that Peirce would be able to bring some of the thematic weight and depth of her 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry to the narrative. I wanted it to feel as real and relevant as Mortez’s Let Me In (which was a tremendous remake). 2013’s Carrie is a slight disappointment, but it’s still a decent horror flick.
-Ryan Michael Painter