Film Archive

Carrie (2013)

Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Film summary:   an adaptation of the classical 1976 film which is originally a 1974 Stephen King novel. It tells the story of a Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a lonely and shy girl living with her unstable and religiously controlling mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore). Carrie possesses special telekinetic powers which she discovers by accident, and eventually uses it as a weapon of revenge against her abusive high school peers, only to create a prom night horror.

To me Carrie goes way back ever since my school book report on it when watched the 1976 film instead. I mean, I’m obviously a film person rather than a book one…   This time Carrie is being played by the up and coming child star, Chloë Grace Moretz, who’s not so short for as young as she is filmography history insists she’s the perfect match for this creepy role, Dark Shadows as Carolyn Stoddard and  Let Me In as Abby, for instance. She’s remarkable in this one as well, although I think she’s way to prettier for playing Carrie. She’s missing a little weird-ish essence Sissy Spacek most honorably possessed back then. All in all, Chloë’s pretty convincing. I still would have picked Sissy as a #1 choice. 

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I remember when the film just came out, and posters were shown all over New York City, I thought to myself that this should be interesting. It has been such a long time since the last film, in which Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (Margaret White) stamped on unforgettable performances and left huge shoes to fill. Julianne Moore was a bright casting as Mrs. White, and to me it was quite obvious she would master the part, I mean her pale freckled face and haunted dark appearance couldn’t be a better fit on any other actress. 

I often want to cry when I’m watching either Carrie film. Eventually, we’re talking about a pretty sad story here. All this young girl ever wished for was to be able to lead a normal life with an ordinary loving mother. Instead, she had it pretty hard not only as a teen but as a daughter too, not given a break at any moment. When she finally had a chance to have one night of feeling like a princess, she was brutally humiliated in front of the entire school. How can you not feel for her? Maybe I’m crazy, but I was kind of experiencing her rage at that last famous pig blood revenge prom scene. I also wanted to scream my lungs out and get even. God knows high school is pretty tough as it is without you having a loony for a mom and strange telekinetic powers. The icing on the cake.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

 

 

 

 

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