It is time to wrap up my little journey into the story of “Carrie” with the latest remake of the story that was recently released on DVD and digital download. I have been looking forward to this movie since I first heard about it and the previews had looked very good so I was hoping that I would not be disappointed. Spoiler alert: I was not.
I had heard that this movie was essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the original movie but I do not really see that at all. While I thought that the 2002 version of the story was hindered by trying to force the original movie into the story, I did not feel the same way about this version. While there are undeniable similarities, which would be expected, I thought that this movie stood on its own quite well. Some of the dialogue is very similar to the 1976 film but it did not feel forced at all. I found it to be more of a homage rather than an attempt at copying the original movie. I also thought that the characters stood up quite well to the original film and were, in some cases, even superior. Other than the fact that many of the teenagers were obviously too old for high school, I was not bothered at all by the casting choices.
The good in the film is that I thought that this film did a very good job with the backstory leading up to the prom. I thought the interaction between Carrie and her mother was well done in a more objective manner than the original film. While the 1976 movie relied heavily upon the emotions involved, this movie was more events based. This did lessen the emotional impact of the film done but provided a strong look at the story from a different perspective. Julianne Moore did a great job as Margaret White, Carrie’s mother, and is probably my favorite in that role of all of the movies. Chloe Grace Moretz did a good job as Carrie, although she did not equal Sissy Spacek’s performance, and the rest of the cast was more than sufficient. I also thought that that movie resisted the urge to use too many special effects that would effective take over the movie. While there were some strong sequences features effects, they did not become the focus of the movie.
The bad of the film is that it just does not have the same soul and heart of the first movie. While it does a good job of setting up the story, the prom scene and the ending of the movie fall a little flat. The reason for this is that this version of the story seems to make Carrie into an evil character rather than a tragic one. While there is experimentation with her telekinetic powers in the other versions of the story, Carrie still remains a tragic figure in that she does not really understand her powers or have a great deal of control over them. Even as she is using her powers to kill her peers, there is still a part of her that is not totally in control of the situation. In the 2013 movie, Carrie is an evil character that is intentionally wreaking havoc due to her humiliation rather than a teenager overcome with her feelings. This gives a different tone to the story that weakens it in the end.
While I do not think that the 2013 version of “Carrie” is superior to the original movie or the novel, it is still a very well done movie and worth watching. I know that I enjoyed the movie and I am sure that I will watch it again in the future. The 1976 movie still remain the ultimate version of the story, even better than the novel that it is based on, but the 2013 “Carrie” is a well-made and entertaining take on the story.