Carrie review

Kimberly Peirce
Julianne Moore
Chloe Grace Moretz
Gabriella Wilde
Chris Hargensen
Ansel Elgort
Judy Greer
Rated: R

Chloe Grace Moretz seems to always play characters with a kill count. “Kick-Ass,” “Let Me In” and now “Carrie.”

The film is an adaption of the Stephen King novel of the same name, which was also made into a movie in 1976 by Director Brian De Palma. The story resolves around the title character, Carrie White (Moretz), a shy girl who lives with only her mother, a religious fanatic named Margaret (Moore) who more or less has lost her mind.

After an incident where Carrie is tormented by her peers, mainly by the character Chris (Portia Doubleday), she begins to learn that she possess telekinesis, or the power to move objects using the mind.

While Carrie tries to grasp the power she has discovered, another classmate, Sue (Wilde), tries to do something nice for Carrie after being ashamed of previously tormenting her. Sue comes up with a plan to have her boyfriend Tommy (Elgort) take Carrie to the high school prom for a fun time. However, at the same time, Chris plans a prank on Carrie for the prom.

The plot of “Carrie” doesn’t differ much from it’s hard copy or original movie counterparts. Except for a few subtle changes, viewers of the 1976 film should find the film to be for the most part, familiar territory. However, the subtle changes that were made, did make an impact, some positively and others negatively.

Giving a couple examples, without sending out too many spoilers, there is a moment added during the prom scene that was a positive that gave Carrie’s character a different spin and an interesting element that wasn’t there in the 1976 version.

On the other hand, there’s another moment right near the end, which was also different from the 76 film, that took away some of the significance and can be overall considered a negative.

For the most part though, the story is executed about as well as it could have been, where the movie rises and falls is with the performances.

Both Moretz and Moore were given fairly difficult tasks, taking on the characters who were given iconic performances by Piper Laurie as Margaret and Sissy Spacek as Carrie. Yet, they are able to pull it off nicely.

Moretz shows her acting talent and range here, displaying a number of emotions and making the experience that she goes through seem real enough. Moore as Margaret does a fine job too, portraying the paranoid and psychotic mother who appears to have next to no sanity at all.

The movie is dragged down, though, by the supporting cast. Judy Greer in the role of Ms. Desjardin, a teacher who looks out for Carrie during the film, does a respectable job, however, the rest can’t be said for the rest of the cast.

The performances from the bullies that are picking on Carrie seem so generic and stock, that it feels like they belong in a TV movie. The acting from them just seems so over the top, that it takes me out of the movie.

What the movie did get right, though, was the prom scene. The film captures much of the chaos going on and shows it well on the screen. At some points there was just a bit too much CG, yet it is still effective.

Overall, the new “Carrie” is an OK film. It’s not better than its predecessor, having some flaws that do in fact hold it back. However, the film has a few strengths of its own. This one is worth a watch, but won’t become a horror classic. Low 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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