Release year: 2013
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Screenwriter: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephen King (novel)
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde,Portia Doubleday, Zoë Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Chloë Grace Moretz)
The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s classic story of bullied teenager Carrie White who is struggling both with her fanatical mother, her general unpopularity in high school, and her growing psychic abilities. When her classmates are reprimanded for a particularly harsh episode, popular girl Chris plans a revenge that is bound to push Carrie over the edge.
Carrie is a fascinating character that keeps finding her way back to the audience, both in cinemas (twice), on TV, and on stage in musical form. And Carrie’s story is a heart-breaking and interesting one worth revisiting. Whether it needed a new adaptation to screen is another question – a question to which the answer is both yes and no. No in that the 1976 still holds up, but yes in that this is an entirely different film. The focus of the film is different and the world is updated to our current century without altering the feel of the story significantly. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, 2010) is an interesting choice as Carrie; she is obviously a talented actress but perhaps not totally convincing as the outsider. Apart from being shy, naïve, and having a crazy mother it is never perfectly obvious exactly why Carrie is being left out and bullied as much as she is. Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011) does a excellent job as Carrie’s mother, showing a more vulnerable and sad side of the character than we are perhaps used to. Despite its minor flaws this is an entertaining horror movie that can also be enjoyed by more squeamish individuals.
Chloë Grace Moretz is the first actress to play Carrie who is actually a teenager. Sissy Spacek was 26 when she played Carrrie in Brian de Palma’s 1976 adaptation.
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