Carrie Movie Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Review: I’ve seen bits and pieces of the original Carrie film, but I knew I wanted to see this remake as I’m a fan of Chloe Grace Moretz, who plays the title character. While I can’t compare how the movie stays true to the original film (or even the book, since I have not read that either), I can say that I really enjoyed Carrie as its own film.
Throughout most of the film, it isn’t about Carrie’s power. Rather, it’s about her experiences dealing with bullying and abuse. The kids at her school don’t understand her, and instead of trying to lend a hand, they would rather humiliate her for their own laugh. At home, things aren’t much better as Carrie is coming to realize her mom has refused to give her the answers about life that she needs in order to “survive” and possibly even enjoy high school.
Honestly, I found Carrie’s story horribly sad and if it wasn’t for her emerging telekinetic powers, this would be a very moving contemporary story. Just imagine…the way that people treat Carrie ultimately leads to a supernatural breakdown…but what if the only “power” she had was a gun? Carrie could easily be a metaphor for school shootings. What these kids, and Carrie, resort to isn’t something you can approve of, but what you can feel sorry for is what that child went through to be pushed to those extremes.
Beyond that though, the story does turn into an interesting horror film at the end with the infamous pig’s blood and prom scene. Carrie has almost lost all touch with her humanity, and I think Moretz did a great job showcasing the dual natures in Carrie: wounded child who wants her mom to make it better, terrifying woman who can finally enact revenge for all her wrongs.
Everyone in Carrie did a good job with their roles, especially Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mom, Margaret White, who is obviously dealing with many issues. You want to make her a villain, yet you also realize how much she is suffering as well.
Overall, I liked this movie a lot. It’s not a scary film, but there is a lot of blood, for those that are squeamish about that. I can understand it coming out around Halloween, but it’s not a “jump-in-your-seat and scream” type of flick that most people are looking for this time of year. Regardless, I would suggest seeing it.