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Carrie (2013) – A Well-Executed Remake

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Actors: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde,Zoë Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer
Duration: 100 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Carrie (1976), Tamara (2005)

Long Story Short:
Carrie is a shy 17-year old girl who wants to be like everyone else, but her mother – a deranged and fanatic Christian – doesn’t allow her to have a social life. Tormented by pranks her classmates play on her every other day, and the ignorance of her mother, she discovers a special gift that could give her the confidence that she needs.

Review:
Okay, I think we all can agree that remakes can be senseless, especially if the original is pretty awesome already. However I think the Carrie remake is just as good as the 1976 version. It is set in the present time, and common things like smart phones and social networks are added to the story, but besides that the movie pretty much sticks to the previous version, and adds even more suspense and darkness to it. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are the two leading ladies for this movie, and I don’t think anyone else could have done a better job than those two. We get to know more about the disturbing relationship between mother and daughter, and can witness Carrie’s powers grow with each scene. The atmosphere of the movie is very intense and dramatic, and like I already said, a little darker than the original. I was surprised about how excited I was even though I have seen the old version many many times before. I really liked how they altered a few scenes towards the end, but kept the original idea. From the shocking beginning to the loud and brutal end scenes, I was never bored, and have enjoyed myself quite a bit. Yes, the ending is still a bit frustrating, but apparently this is how Stephen King wrote it, I will definitely buy the book now to find that out. I actually prefer the ending of the 2013 version. Who was the better Carrie? Sissy Spacek was a little creepier, but let’s not forget that she was 27 when she played the role while Chloë Grace Moretz is only 16. Who was the better mother? Well, since she got more airtime I would say Julian Moore.
The only negative thing I can say about this movie is that I was hoping that we get to know a little more about the past of Carrie’s mother, and the motivation of the two “villains”.
Either way, Carrie is a very successful sequel that has style, and will be definitely appealing to the new generation, who might have never hear of the infamous Carrie White before.

Rating: 7/10

16 Comments »

  1. I enjoyed reading your review. I agree the ending was so much better, but the story in some parts is word for word, which was a let down. I have seen the TV-remake of Carrie and the Rage Carrie 2. If I remember correctly, the TV version has an alternate ending. You’ll have to do a review so I can remember! ha ha.

  2. Despite of the mostly negative reviews, I am looking forward to the release of this one here (Dec 6); especially because of that leading character & the cast 🙂

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