Your favorite telekinetic misfit is returning to the big screen just in time for Halloween. The remake of the Stephen King novel turned movie stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie, a teenaged girl who is bullied by her peers and abused by her hyper-religious mother Margaret (Julianne Moore). Carrie is a little goofy at times, but overall is a pretty solid interpretation of the beloved story.
The best part of the film is the direction. There are so many great moments where you get sufficiently creeped out, even though fans of the original 1976 film already know what is going to happen. The camera work really adds to the horror that Carrie White inflicts.
Of course, the camera cannot be responsible for how you connect to the characters. Chloe Grace Moretz does a good job at taking on the title role. Several times, however, she makes peculiar faces that really take you out of the moment because you are trying to figure out what Miss White is actually feeling. There is also no way that Moretz is the unattractive girl at her school. Even when she is wearing loose fitting clothes and her hair is unkept, Moretz still isn't ugly enough for her prom transformation to be a significant difference. Julianne Moore does a remarkable job as Carrie's troubled mother and Portia Doubleday definitely does the horrid Chris Hargensen justice.
One thing that is really annoying about this film is the beginning. While the original movie opens on the girls in gym class, this script decided to open on an entirely different time in Carrie's life. The decision to open the film like this and the way it is written are both poorly done. The scene is completely laughable, and sets you up to be disappointed in the rest of the film (although you aren't). If that scene had been omitted, this version of Carrie would be far from humorous.
The new Carrie is an excellent take on an already great work of art. While there are some portions of the movie that are a bit ridiculous, the exceptional cast and the awesome direction make up for them. The production company was smart to release it so close to Halloween and they are right, you will know her name.