Usually when I hear about a movie remake, I get this weird nervous feeling in my stomach. Hardly ever does the remake, or in some instances the sequel, of a movie even come close to the original, but with the remake of “Carrie,” a classic in its own right, I was pleasantly surprised. The new version’s setting had some key updates such as wardrobe, the use of modern technology, and even the demeanor of characters.
For instance the “mean girl” character, Chris, played by Portia Doubleday, did not just throw tampons and scream “plug it up” to Carrie when she gets her period for the first time. She records the entire thing and puts it on the Internet. Compared to the first movie, the girls seem to get ten times crueler when it comes to the torment of poor Carrie White, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.
If you have not seen the original, it may be confusing as to why Carrie getting her period was such a traumatic incident, but as you learn in the first scene of the movie Carrie’s mother – played by Julianne Moore – is not quite right and did not bother to mention what a menstrual cycle was.
The movie starts out like an episode of “I didn’t know I was pregnant,” with Carrie’s mom writhing around on her bed with blood all over the sheets and floor screaming in pain yelling out to God to stop the torment. Then, you realize that she is giving birth and she did not even realize it . If you could look past that part, then I think the biggest red flag about Carrie’s mom was probably when she tried to stab her baby in the head with a pair of scissors. In the shower scene, where Carrie is screaming and crying about the blood, you see the first evidence of her “special abilities.” Her extreme emotional state causes her to make the lights on the ceiling explode, and in the principal’s office after the incident the idea of her mother coming to the school makes her so distressed that she breaks the glass water cooler.
The remake did a very good job of introducing her telekinesis and gave Carrie a better opportunity to cultivate her powers so that one of the final scenes made more sense and was more powerful.
One of the other many strengths of this movie was the supporting actors and actresses. Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort, who played high school sweethearts Sue Snell and Tommy Ross, were much more developed than in the original movie. In the movie she gives up her perfect prom night for Carrie, convincing her boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to prom where they actually have a good time.
After Chris and her cohort of friends rig the prom king and queen elections to make Carrie win, they precede to do one of the most heinous things that could be done. As Carrie is standing on stage, Chris from up above pulls a lever that they rigged to pour an entire bucket of pig’s blood on top of Carrie in front of the entire school. At the end of the movie, in front of a court when talking about that night Sue says, “you can only push someone so far before they break.” And break Carrie did, like a cheap glass figurine of the empire state building.
She locked the doors so that no one could escape, broke lights, threw tables at people, trapped them in between bleachers, started fires, and ultimately killed anyone who had ever wronged her. I believe in non-violence, but it was an epic scene of destruction. Carrie returned home hoping that her mother could offer her some support. Which as you might deduce did not go well while simultaneously creating one of the best mother daughter confronta- tions in movie history.
They did a great job in picking Moretz as Carrie, who might have looked a little young to be in high school, but did a great job of portraying the innocence of Carrie as well as her desperate desire to belong, and her eventual descent into crazy town. I cannot imagine that I will be saying this often in my lifetime, but the truth is, that this 2013 remake of Carrie was the best out of all Carrie movies and adaptations.
-Devon Fore, Feature Editor
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