Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie (2014) Movie Review


Star Cast: Alex Russell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer, Julianne Moore, Portia Doubleday

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Screenplay: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephen King (novel)
Genre: Horror
Censor Certificate: A
Runtime: 100 Minutes

Instead of trying a chance and really updating the CARRIE story for the new generation, Kimberley Peirce adaptation just the same film Brian De Palma made in 1976. It’s just like watching the classic original with more stylish – no strong acting – not well narrated way.

Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) has telekinetics abilities, lives with her mother (Julianne Moore) and bullied at the school. Thing come to head when one of her tormenters aims to abash Carrie at school prom.

Director Kimberly Peirce relays a lot on the story in this movie. Characters in the movie provide some examples without feeling like lecture. Like; Evil acts bring Evil rewards – Broken people must not have kids – You always have option to chance in life – If you did something wrong you can correct the things.

“Just for once, think of what’s it like to be Carrie White.”

Adapted from a book by Stephen King and heavily inspired by Brian De Palma’s 1976 version, “Carrie” 2014 proves a blatant miscalculation from the start. Based from the early previews I was not expecting much from this remake and it barely met my limited expectations. The main negatives of the film are boring narration and less scariness. Its been years since I saw the classic Carrie and all watching this version makes me want to go back and rewatch the original. Peirce was successful in adding depth in Carrie’s telekinetic powers and in the relationship with Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort).
Acting in the movie is over the top and melodramatic, Chloe Grace Moretz is a total mis-cast in the movie. Chloe Moretz is a great performer with ambit, I hope she does not get stamped in these kind of characters. She will be one of the best actresses in the coming times if she continues expanding her acting abilities. Julianne Moore adds an extra layer of the crazy as Margaret, especially in the opening scene of the film.

The overall effect of Carrie (2014) is to produce less creepy version “Carrie” (1976). The remake doesn’t change the basic plot of the original film.  It’s almost scene for scene, though there’s several bits that are taken from the novel. Unlike the original Carrie prom night differs in this one, it’s not quite the bloodbath showed in DePalma’s rampage. Carrie’s soul was not lost in the end and people get spared in the end that’s unthinkable in DePalma’s standards. The humanity angle in the film makes this one less of a horror film. On the whole, Carrie is not worth your ticket, better rewatch the original.
Survi Review: 1/5

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