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He Said, She Said at the Movies: Carrie

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Last night, I saw "Carrie" a remake of the 1976 horror classic starring Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, based on the popular novel by Stephen King. I'm not typically a fan of remakes, unless they have a reason to exist as a reinterpretation of the original work, or if a new time period/setting changes the meaning of the story or adds an element that feels refreshing and new. Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") is an extremely gifted filmmaker, but her movie feels like it's going through the motions a little too much. Don't get me wrong, the performances are great across the board, especially Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother. Moretz seems miscast in the first 15 minutes, but she really grows in the role as the story rolls along, coasting on her talent in certain spots. But there's really nothing that feels particularly new here. The social media aspect of bullying is interesting and it's definitely given kids more online outlets to be abusive and mean-spirited. However, it's not enough for me to fully recommend the film.

Here's how I'm breaking down my review of the 2013 movie: if you've seen the original 1976 version directed by Brian De Palma, I say it's merely a rental. However, if this is your first time seeing this story on screen, I think it's easily worth a matinee, if for no other reason than to see Julianne Moore and the rest of this talented cast give strong and confident performances. If you've made it to this point in my review, you might think this is a bit contradictory. But it's not that I think "Carrie" is a bad movie, it's just not very original. It's a testament to Stephen King, of how the central theme of bullying is still so relevant in today's society. Also, he's right in his assumption that you can only push people so far before they snap. In this case, Carrie White has telekinetic powers. SPOILER: That's REALLY bad news for the students who decided to underestimate her.


I want to start this out by saying this: I LOVE scary movies! I do get scared and often (as Ryan called me out for in Insidious: Chapter 2) cover my eyes.  But I absolutely love them, especially around Halloween, I think they are so much fun.  When I watched the original Carrie movie I must have been a whole lot younger.  I remember being terrified during it, but this version was barely scary at all.  There were gory and nasty parts, but as far as actually scary scenes- none.

Now this brings me to my next point.  The bullying.  While there were no parts that I had to cover my eyes during because of being afraid, there were some bullying parts where the girls were so mean and hateful to Carrie it made me cringe.  This is basically a horror movie version of the Lindsay Lohan movie, Mean Girls.  The girls in this film are absolutely brutal.  I know they were mean in the original movies-- and with new technology platforms, like YouTube and other social media, it is almost unbearable.  I went to see this movie with my dad and when we left he said "Well, that seems like a lesson on bullying."

For me, I would have rather rented this movie. I didn't hate it.  It is interesting and a remake of an old classic that people love to watch during Halloween.  However, this is a movie I would have rather enjoyed in the comfort of my own home, sitting on the couch and not paying for multiple movie tickets.

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