It’s no secret that I am in the underpopulated camp of remake supporters and I remain there unashamedly. The latest one to come down the pipe is director Kimberly Pierce’s remake of Brian DePalma’s 1976 horror classic Carrie, from Stephen Kings debut novel. Pierce has said the film is more of another adaptation of the book than a remake, but there are so many similarities to DePalma’s film it must still be regarded as a remake in my opinion.
Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is an outcast in her school and in her small town. Her overbearing and fanatically religious mother (Julianne Moore) has sheltered her from the real world but that doesn’t stop Carrie from just wanting to be a normal kid. But Carrie is not a normal kid in that she is discovering she has a power to move things with her mind. And when a horrible classmate decides to play a cruel prank on Carrie, she may regret the day and Carrie may never be the same.
The story is familiar, even many scenes may be familiar, but Kimberly Pierce still manages to bring a fresh feel to the story of Carrie White. I think Pierce herself said it best when she said she approached the film as a sort of superhero origin story. It feels very much like that in that Carrie starts to enjoy her new found power until she is driven to use it in ways much darker than she originally intended. The other thing that makes this remake worth watching is the performances by Moretz and Moore. Both actors are phenomenal here and carve out their own interpretations of the already stellar performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in the original film. To be able to deliver performances that even come close to those in the 76 film is impressive in itself. Go into Carrie with an open mind and stop comparing, you just might find yourself enjoying it.
The Blu-ray from MGM/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is brilliant with bold color, great clarity and detail and a nice immersive soundtrack, especially during the prom scene. Carrie is a solid remake with great performances that needs to be given a chance to win people over on its own merits. Recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.