… Jesus Hollywood… Have you really ran out of ideas? I mean, have we really reached this point where we just can’t tell stories anymore that we have to keep rehashing the old timeless classics in these over stylized remakes that always ALWAYS come across as stupid and unnecessary. The 2013 version of Carrie may not be the worst remake ever made… In fact if we are simply talking about remakes I would say that it is one of the better ones created. But at the end of the day and when it is all said and done, the only thing that will be remembered about this movie is that it was an okay remake that could not even come close to being as good as the original Brian De Palma classic and the Stephen King novel from which it was inspired.
Carrie of course is the story of Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a girl who is often bullied by her classmates and is tortured by her deeply religious mother. One day after having her first menstrual cycle and being completely unaware of it, Carrie thinks she is bleeding to death and is bullied by several students who pelt her with tampons and other feminine products. Seeing her period as a ‘sin’, her mother locks her in the prayer closet but is able to make a crack in the door, revealing her to have telekinetic powers.
After the incident is resolved and the students punished for the incident, they vow revenge on Carrie which leads to a prank to be played where they douse Carrie with pig’s blood at the high school prom. When the trap works as planned and Carrie is covered in blood, this sends her over the edge. The remainder of the movie follows Carrie as she goes on a telekinetic rampage throughout the city.
The Cast is Very Talented and Does a Good Job with There Roles
As far as the acting is concerned, it is pretty damn good across the board. At the very least I have nothing negative to say about any of the performances. I will admit that I am a huge fan of Chloe Grace Moretz and most of the work that she has done in the past. She does a great job playing Carrie White and does have that intimidating air to her when she does finally snap and go over the edge. She doesn’t outshine the performance that Sissy Spacek gave in the original… But I find that at no fault of Moretz who had one hell of mountain to climb on that account.
The Addition of Social Media Outlets Doesn’t Feel Out of Place
This is more of a compliment to Stephen King as a writer then it is to this movie. But for the most part, King does a decent job in making his novels rather ambiguous when it comes to time. Yes, he does make several references that tie them to a certain decade, but for the most part they can be removed from the story itself and have it inserted into modern times rather seamlessly.
Carrie sports several uses of modern technology such as YouTube videos and cell phones and the like. While in other movies these add ons would feel like a very forced way of forcing the story into a modern setting, the overall addition of them doesn’t feel that way. Instead it does just what it is supposed to do. Inserts Carrie into the modern era, nothing more.
The film simply screams stylistic remake at the top of its lungs until it chokes to death on its own blood. This isn’t something that is new to the film industry. I would even call the film producers who remake these movies insane, seeing as how they continue to remake movie after movie, each time they come out either dreadful, at the very best passable, and they only make a modest quick buck off of them before they find themselves in the 2 for $5 section at Wal-Mart.
This movie is no exception to this. All it does is add more blood, stylized graphics, and just all around more unneededness. This film is going to be a modest success make no mistake. But I guarantee that in a couple of months, not a single soul is going to be talking about this film, or even bothering to pick the thing up at a store for $10.
It is Completely Unnecessary
… At the end of the day this needs to be said about all remakes, prequels, and so forth that try to ‘re-imagine’ a timeless movie. 9/10 there isn’t a single person who is calling for them. There really is nobody out there who wanted to see a modern version of Carrie. Maybe a very small percentile, but that is it! Everyone else could proudly proclaim ‘meh’ when they announced a Carrie remake.
There is just no point for its existence other than to make a quick dollar from people who are willing to pay to see a lesser version of a film that they could just watch on Netflix.
At the end of the day, Carrie may not be the worst remake ever made. But it certainly isn’t anything like the original and that is going to be the trend from critics and fans alike. The acting is well done and the cinematography and effects themselves are decently done, plus Chloe Grace Moretz is always fun to watch be completely insane. But soon the film will vanish from our minds, only to be resurrected in passing conversation of the original or when it is dug out of a giant movie bin.
Final Score 2/5
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