Well, it’s been a while! I hope everybody is having a great new year so far.
I got to watch the remake of Carrie last night. It has been many, many years since I last watched the original, and my memories of Stephen King’s novel are faint at best.
In this modern take, Carrie is bullied probably even harder than from what I remember in the original tale. Added on to this is the fact that these horrible things are happening to Carrie in an age of smartphones, social media and youtube.
This film was very well cast. Julianne Moore as Carrie’s crazy mother really stood above and beyond everyone else in this. What a creepy, sad role.
What I liked best, and I’m sure what many fans of the original didn’t like, was the extra chaos and special effects used in the climax when Carrie (righfully) loses her shit. All the stuff happening on screen had me entertained, and even some of the deaths were decently executed.
Carrie was a likeable character in this, and for a split second, I thought she might have known better and really cared for her. The people you’re supposed to revile and cheer for their demise, were in fact very unlikeable, so good job there on that front.
The biggest disappointment here is the very last shot in the film. I understand not wanting to do exactly the same end – shot of the original, but this was just really unimaginative.
All in all, I wasn’t disappointed.