Another lackluster remake
Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 23, 2013
The story of “Carrie” is very well known, both through Stephen King’s novel and the iconic 1976 Brian DePalma film. Carrie White is a socially crippled high school senior with an overbearing religious mother who discovers she has telekinetic powers. A prank pulled on her goes horribly wrong when she uses her power to take revenge on the entire school.
Since the story is so well known, the film does not take the time to delve into the story. It merely glosses over it, as if it assumes we already know it all so why bother being thorough. Doing a remake or a new adaptation immediately sets you up for comparison. It is hard not to compare it to the Brian DePalma film. This 2013 “Carrie” even recreated scenes shot for shot from the original. But, if you are going to do something new, why not make it really different?
The main difference between this “Carrie” and the original is the way it incorporates aspects of modern life. However, sometimes the quality and look of film felt more like the early 2000s rather than 2013. One great addition to this story was that in the famous bathroom scene where Carrie gets her period, the popular girl films her on a cell phone as everyone tauntingly throws tampons and pads at her. The video is put online and also played during the prom prank. The story of “Carrie” is timeless, for this device works very well and shows the cruelty that kids can inflict in today’s viral age. This version also took the time to show Carrie learning and discovering her telekinesis and what it could do.
Chloe Grace Moretz, who is most known as Hit Girl from “Kick Ass,” does a fair job as the main character. The only problem with her was that she is simply too pretty and not awkward enough. It was hard to suspend disbelief that she would be so ostracized. The costumers and makeup artists did not try hard enough to make her mousy or unattractive. She did her best work in the prom scene, which overall was a great scene. She owned the creepiness and the snapping of Carrie’s psyche. She had great scenes with Julianne Moore, who played her mother, Margaret White. As always, Moore delivers fantastic performances, and this one was no different. The character of Margaret White was given a character layer that is different from the original, she repeatedly self-harms.
The relationship between Carrie and her mother is so compelling that one wishes the remake had delved more into that. It would have been interesting to see a backstory, or perhaps a glimpse into Carrie’s upbringing. There was some development, such as the opening scene which depicts Carrie’s birth, but there could have been more.
Another problem with this film was the special effects and CGI. Some of the deaths were too much like something you would see in “Final Destination,” which is more silly than scary. Sometimes the film would also intentionally try to add comedic moments, but they just fell flat. The main problem with this film is that it barely tried to do anything new. The new “Carrie” did have good moments and performances, but it was a lazy remake that we could have easily done without.