This 2013 reimagining of the 1976 cult classic, which was the first Stephen King novel adapted into a movie, had potential but unfortunately just didn’t deliver. It wasn’t all bad, Carrie now being played by Chloe Grace Moretz, actually did a good job in a more modernized setting. There have been other remakes on this film but this one is by far the best one. Not only does it have the star power of up and coming Moretz but it has the Oscar award wining power of Julianne Moore (Margaret White)!
Moretz and Moore were great together, creating some intense moments that really set up there creepy mother and daughter relationship. The creepiness mainly comes from Moore’s performance as the crazy over religious mother and her obsession of protecting her daughter from the rest of the world. Its not Moore’s best performance as the problem might have fallen more on director Kimberly Peirce. Although its not the best, its still a decent performance, and a believable one.
Moretz on the other hand put out a respectful performance of her own. The shy loner whos very antisocial plays the part very well. Not only is she dealing with a crazy over protective mother, she has to deal with the every day life of high school. The high school scenes are the most exciting as she befriends Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) and Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort). The story intensifies when the group of scumbag teenagers begin to harass and plan out there evil scheme.
The film was further helped with the decent performance of the supporting cast. The scumbags played by Portia Doubleday (Chris Hargensen), Zoe Belkin (Tina), Samantha Weinstein (Heather), Karissa Strain (Nicki) and Katie Strain (Lizzy) all did a good job of making you hate them! Honorable mention of Judy Greer as Ms. Desjardin was also a good addition. The story is slow with nothing really special happening in the first two acts of the film. Its not until the scumbags set there plan in motion that leads us to the all to familiar end scene as we’ve seen in the previous films. With that being said, this is the best part of the movie!
Although we’ve seen this ending a couple of times, this has to be the most visually stunning of them all. With the technology of the CGI of today, some of the effects were pretty nice. Carrie herself seemed to move with a snake like motion which added some thing new, keeping with the creepy tone of the film. Again, there was still nothing special about this movie that really stands out other then the flashy ending. True fans of the original might dislike this movie even more. Maybe its because this is the third attempt at remaking this classic, that just feels over done. This take was a low 6 at best, I think we can finally put this Stephen King story to rest…
Tag It & Bag It 6/10