The 2013 Carrie remake once again follows the titular Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) a shy and awkward teenage girl who is routinely bullied by classmates. Sheltered by her overbearing and extremely religious mother Margaret (Julianne Moore), Carrie longs for the “normal life” of the other kids at Thomas Ewen Consolidated High School. After discovering that she possesses telekinetic powers, she begins to develop a new-found confidence that causes tension between her and a popular clique of girls led by Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) and Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) that leads to a memorable night of violent revenge.
As far as remakes go, Carrie is mostly identical to the original 1976 version. There is a bit more focus on the mother-daughter relationship and there are 21st century elements like mobile phones and social networking that only makes Carrie’s torment that much worse but also help to keep the film relevant. The difference in visual effects from the original now are huge and really make the third act of the film so much more haunting and terrifying than the original but there is a lot of foreshadowing throughout the film that really is unnecessary for both newcomers and those who have seen the original.
Chloe and Julianne really anchor this film and every seen between the two is done so well and really makes any other character look out of depth and given how small some of those roles are its no wonder they didn’t go and cast seasoned performers in those roles. The film is directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and she does a great job in remaking such an iconic film into something that still stands up and that will introduce new viewers to Carrie’s story.
Verdict: Wait for the DVD. We have reached December and with that comes a lot of big new films and Carrie is a remake. I say, watch the original in the meantime and see some of the bigger December films while you wait for the DVD to come out early in 2014.