Synopsis: In a remake of the 1976 classic, a shy girl is pushed too far and uses her telekinetic powers on her bullying classmates and mother.
Have you ever seen the original “Carrie”? What do people think of it? A lot of them say that it’s a classic. They think “Why do a remake on an already brilliant movie. Remakes suck!” Well a lot of remakes do suck, but I don’t think this one did. The issues of abuse, bullying, misogyny and self-hatred are still rampant today. The movie portrayed such issues vividly and honestly. It wasn’t perfect, but I’m glad they remade the movie.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays Carrie and does it well. I liked both the original version and this one. Moretz’s version of Carrie seems more emotional than Sissy Spacek’s version. We feel more empathy for her. That’s what made the character so fascinating. Plus, the relationship between Carrie and her mother was a bit more tender in this version. Carrie seemed to have a tiny bit more freedom this time. Julianne Moore plays Margaret, Carrie’s religious fanatic mother. She was very creepy, but also a little more motherly. You almost believe that she wants to do the right thing by Carrie and wants to protect her. You also sense her self-hatred. Julianne Moore is an amazing actress. Gabriella Wilde did a decent job playing Sue Snell. The rest of the cast was OK.
You can’t make a modern movie without technology. So it’s only natural they use cell phone videos and YouTube. In the big scene–the prom scene–the use of the humiliating YouTube video makes the havoc Carrie reaks more terrifying. But I prefer the original prom scene. I just felt this one didn’t pack enough of a punch, despite the YouTube video. But I do think that Kimberly Peirce did a good job with Carrie. But it still felt like something was missing. I don’t really know what. But it was scary, and the mother-daughter scenes were excellent.
Overall, I enjoyed this version of “Carrie”.