This 2013 film starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore is billed as a “re-imagining” of the classic 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek as the poor little telekinetic girl on prom night. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to less offensive than “re-boot,” but it’s a re-make. Same story, same characters. I think of a re-imagining as a significant change like if Carrie had been Carl, or the whole thing had taken place during the Civil War or something. Anyway, enough semantics. You know the story of Carrie: Don’t bully a girl with telekinesis.
This is a solid remake. The 1976 version is so full of young actors that later became famous that it’s nearly impossible to lose yourself in the story when you see Coal Miner’s Daughter promming with The Greatest American Hero while Danny Zucco sets a bucket of pig’s blood in the rafters. The story is brought into the modern era in believable ways (this time, someone gets video of the “Plug it up” scene), and the cast is solid. Julianne Moore is almost sympathetic. My only quibble with the casting is that Chloe Grace Moretz is too pretty for Carrie White. Carrie is a plain girl. Not just because her mother dresses her or she’s terribly shy. Carrie White shouldn’t have flowing strawberry blonde hair and pouty lips. She just shouldn’t. Chloe did a good job though–being horrified and then fascinated with her new-found powers. It’s tough to telekinetically lay waste to your prom without striking odd Nora Desmond/Yzma poses, so that part was a bit goofy. Wasn’t a bit scary of course, but worth watching.
It’s been a long time since I had seen the original Carrie film, so I was able to watch this one with an almost fresh set of eyes. Granted, I still remember the basics of the movie, but all the little things leading to the end were new for me again. Overall, I did like it. There were a couple of “gross” and “yuck” comments coming from Christa, but I didn’t find it that bad at all. I really enjoyed the way the gym scene and I was rooting for Carrie at the end. The choice of Hit Girl as Carrie in this flick was a little weird to me, because I always thought of Carrie as a homely girl, and not that attractive. That isn’t the case with Hit Girl though and drew me out of the film a little bit. Not a bad movie IMO, and worth a watch.