Forty years ago, Stephen King threw his manuscript for Carrie in the trash. Lucky for us, his wife Tabitha took it out, and convinced him to send it to the publisher. Now Stephen King is a house hold name with over fifty books published, many of which being turned into movies. Appropriately enough Carrie was the first. Fast forward to now, there has been one sequel not based on a book, and two reboots. The first being made for TV. Today I review the second of the two.
The story is pretty much the same, so I won’t go into that too much. One big difference is the use of technology in the further bullying of Carrie. Chris Hargensen is stupid enough to record and upload a video of the girls teasing Carrie, throwing tampons at her. The prom, where the climax takes place seems a bit more extravagant than the 1976 version.
The cast is close to perfect. Chloe Grace Moretz plays the shy title character flawlessly, a big change from the role that made her famous, as Hit girl in Kick ass 1, and 2. Julianne Moore is no stranger to the genre (being the second actress to play the role of Clarice Starling in the Hannibal Lecter series). Where Piper Laurie’s performance as Margaret White in the 1976 version was over the top crazy, Julianne Moore’s performance is more subtle, and yet even more creepy. My only real complaint is Ms. Moretz is really too pretty for the role. If you’ve read the book, you know Carrie is described as dark haired, frumpy and pimply, though this certainly isn’t Ms. Moretz’s fault.
Carrie certainly isn’t the worst remake ever made, but it also isn’t the best. I give it three of five stars. If you’re looking for a version more faithful to the book, go with the made for TV 2002 version starring Angela Bettis. Til next time, remember folks be careful who you’re mean to…