Almost 40 years later, the audience is delivered a stunning elevation of that cinematic masterpiece starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz. I’ll be the first to admit, knowing that
Moretz brings a deeper level of sympathy with the title character; she’s the odd ball out. People treat her cruel, she has no one in her corner to root by her side, she feels alone and the audience will identify with that. That is the power of “Carrie” at some point most of us have been victims of bullying in grade school, middle school and high school. Kids are quite cruel and to see the use of technology to elevate that torture is another horror in this day and age. Director Kimberly Pierce does an excellent job at capturing raw emotion from Moretz who is identifiable as a teen. The audience becomes invested in this character as we eagerly anticipate the moment that she unleashes her holy hell at prom.
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa weaves a story that is closely knit to King’s original work. So it’s not the “Carrie” that audiences saw in 1976, there are differences in character development and storyline. This flick brings a bit more depth to the relationship between Carrie and her mother Margaret. As much as Carrie wants to cut ties with her mother, she loves her; she is the only person that she has. So it’s a dynamic that is difficult to grasp for some.
Is the 2013 “Carrie” an improvement from the original, in some aspects yes, technically speaking and emotionally. On a conceptual level, nothing can beat the classic. The fun part about “Carrie” is to see the audience identify with a character who is bullied. Rather the victim themselves or the bully who enacted such horrors. It’s a true tale of self-reflection.
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