Nerdlocker Movie Review: Carrie


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Dear Hollywood,

If you want people to like the idea of remakes, you NEED to make MUCH better remakes. Until then, until you pull your heads out of your asses, no one will ever be accepting of them. So, either do better or just stop it.

Everyone, ever

CarrieI wanted to like this, I really did, and even after ridiculous moment followed by ridiculous moment I tried to give the film the benefit of the doubt. I kept telling myself that it was going to improve, but it never did. In fact, it just continued to tumble downhill at a neck breaking pace and that’s difficult to watch. It has its moments but they are few and far between. The absolute best part of this is Chloë Grace Moretz who stars as Carrie, but even she was greatly lacking. One could argue that she did the best that she could with what little she was given. I know she is capable of a lot more, see Let Me In and Kick-Ass for references, but while, as I said the best part, in a movie this deficient that isn’t saying much.

Something Hollywood keeps missing with these remakes that they insist on continuing to produce is the idea that a remake should improve on or at least add to the original. In that light this was a terrible attempt at trying to expand on a classic. They have said that they wanted a story closer to the novel rather than the De Palma film, but I don’t think you can simply ignore what came before. If you do not have the ability to improve something why mess with what already works? I don’t mind remakes as much as most seem to but when this happens it’s hard to argue for them. I think the word that best describes this film, and the word that most are using after seeing this, is pointless.

Carrie is a loner; the one no one talks to but never seems to stop talking about. After a horrifying incident (horrifying in the high school sense) happens to her, she goes from loner to laughing stock of the whole school. After some of those responsible are punished, Carrie tries to move on but when one of the culprits feels guilty she tries to make it up to Carrie. She asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom and show her a good time. Naturally, Carrie suspects foul play but decides to take a chance and goes with this boy who previously never even spoke to her. When Carrie brings this news to her extremely religious, extremely psychotic mother (Julianne Moore) she is met with opposition and more insanity than usual. What the bullies and her own mother have yet to realize is that Carrie has abilities that make her a force to be reckoned with. Nothing will stop her from attending the prom and nothing will save anyone unfortunate enough to be present when Carrie unleashes her wrath.

Carrie5I don’t have much else to say, the original is far superior to this in every way. I’m going to give this a low rating but I’m going to lower it even more due to the 8 month delay they gave this so it could simply be released around Halloween. The changed release date did not improve on the film and so screw whoever thought it would. This just shouldn’t have happened. I was told that if I am a fan of the original, which I am, that I would find some enjoyment in the 2013 remake as a sort of homage to the ’76 version. Nope. Watch the original and skip this.

Rated R For: bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content
Run Time: 100 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 2.5/ Directing: 2.5/ Visuals: 2.5
OVERALL: 2.5 Nerdskulls

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Chase Gifford

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