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DVD review: Carrie (2013) One of the better remakes that outdoes its predecessor



Carrie is an eerie undertaking that is truly a heart wrenching tragedy intermingled with supernatural elements to create an entertaining reinvention of one of the classic movies in horror. The movie is the latest modernization of the Stephen King novel. The film utilizes the talents of Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass 2), Julianne Moore (Don Jon), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Angel Elgort (Divergent), and Alex Russell (Chronicle).
It’s is truly a great coming of age story with horror overtones. Carrie was Stephen King’s first published novel and it was released in April of 1974. Just two years after that the movie was created (1976). This is the third silver screen adaption of the book. The new film debuts nearly 40 years after the release of the book and debut of the original film, the subject matter that comprises the story of Carrie is as relevant as ever. The themes that the film is based on are nearly timeless and universal. They are run throughout it are pertinent for every generation. Carrie addresses issues such as bullying, being an outcast, seeking acceptance, jealousy, and envy.
The story is tragic and heart wrenching. It’s one of the few horror movies which is truly a tragedy. The 2013 version of the story does a great job at showing how heartbreaking the story truly is. This incarnation of the tale really appeals to your sympathetic nature. One of the biggest detractors of the move is that it’s nearly devoid of the scare factor. There aren’t many if any true chills in this film. Consequently, it’s hard to classify this a true horror movie. While it has a number of elements that link it to the genre, it’s more disturbing and supernatural than true horror.
Carrie has one of the most famous climaxes in cinematic history. Even if you have never seen the original then you are probably familiar with the climax of the original movie. This version had to get that right if nothing else. The 2013 Carrie does and it makes it an epic one. The end is worthy, classic, and extraordinary. Carrie is unleashed and the devastation is grand. It lives up to the original in every way and outdoes it in others.
This new version of Carrie has a talented cast that is bookended by the duo of performances by Chloe grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Both actresses provide some of their best work to re-invent Carrie. Moore is a real treat of the film. As Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, she gives a disturbingly dark performance that is one of the best of her long standing career. She provides much of the tension and nearly all of the chills as her dark performance adds to you sympathy for Carrie. Moretz continues to extend her resume with another good performance. Moretz great performance gives Carrie gravity. She makes her feel real to the audience. Moretz depiction of Carrie allows for the audience to feel for her on her doomed journey within the film.
Carrie is relatively slow paced. It doesn’t offer a lot of action before the climax. It does create great tension and anticipation that keep you intrigued. However, this is a movie that would always be judged by the end. This films climax is as epic that it needed to be. It galvanizes and elevates it
Despite this being adolescent focused this is one of the better films that doesn't hyper focus on that aspect. With every remake it will draw comparisons. Personally, I've never read the book or seen the original in entirety so can’t say how faithful of an adaptation it is. I can honestly say that I don't want to after seeing this. I would prefer to judge this version as a standalone film and it’s extremely enjoyable.