Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Carrie (2013)

Tonight's movie, care of Netflix, was "Carrie" (2013).

This film is a lukewarm remake of the 1976 film of the same name. Actually, it's one of many. The most notable was "The Rage: Carrie 2" with Emily Bergl,(1999)  my future wife...I wish. (One of the first DVDs I ever rented,) Which was really in fact, a remake, not a sequel. Just with a different girl and a cameo from one of the original cast of "Carrie" 1976.

First off, I want to say, the original with Sissy Spacek is way better. I just don't think you can ever really top an original classic film like that. I mean, I will admit, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica was way better then the original milk-toast family version. But in many cases, the original was better.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz (Carrie White) is always fun to watch. She's up and coming, and as of yet, has really only been notable in "cute" roles, save for "Let Me In" (a remake of the Swedish film "Let the Right One In.") In "Kick Ass" she played a little girl with a vengeance, and she really kicked ass, but still cute. They grow up so fast.

The special effects in this film were very good. Though they were nearly all computer generated, but they didn't look like it.

What I really did not like, was that that whenever they showed any religious iconography, it was in an ominous, almost evil tone. As if being a Christian was evil, and somehow the problem of society. I really get so sick of Christian slamming. We're not all like that.

If you've seen the original, then you know that Carrie White's mother is a deranged lunatic and religious fanatic that keeps Carrie in a constant state of fear.

What I did like, was that they put a lot of emphasis on pointing out bullying. Bullying is a sensitive issue now. But an important one. One that deserves to be brought to light. I noticed the use of the term "eats shit" replacing the term "you suck." 

IMDb gives the film 6.1 stars, I give it maybe 5. Cinephiles beware.