Coming to theatres this Friday from director Kimberly Peirce and Screen Gems comes a film back from the dead with CARRIE.
This film tells the story of Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy young girl who begins her period during a shower. What ensues next is humiliation at the hands of Chris (Portia Doubleday), Tina (Zoe Belkin) and Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) with a few other girls in tow. Saved by gym teacher Ms. Desjardin (Judy Greer), young Carrie is given a little ‘woman’ talk.
Picking her up from school is Margaret (Julianne Moore), Carrie’s mother who is eye deep in the Bible and keeping evil from her daughter. But the young woman begins to discover that she has powers but now must learn to control them.
As the girls are punished for their part in the shower horror it is Chris who rebels and has plans to make Carrie pay. Sue begins to rethink how she can make things right. Enlisting the help of boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), she asks that he take Carrie to the prom.
Sometimes good intentions can go horribly wrong!
FINAL WORD: Moretz as Carrie doesn’t win me over. Standing next to Tommy Ross it makes him look like he’s hovering over a twelve year old. It creeped me out actually. There wasn’t anything about this character that was ‘new’ for the films title. In fact, her arm movements, hand twists and the fake looking blood at prom were enough to turn me off to the performance. Sorry Moretz, I prefer you in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and KICK ASS.
Moore as Margaret is, sad to say, a poor carbon copy of Piper Laurie. She is such an amazing actress that I just didn’t buy it here. I loved her performance in 6 SOULS much more than this but for a new generation I’m sure they will be thrilled with the disturbed Bible thumping Mom.
Wilde as Sue does absolutely nothing for me. There is no depth, no feeling and nothing believable. Greer as Desjardin isn’t bad and again, I really love Greer, its just I’m not dead yet so Betty Buckley keeps popping into my head!
I’ll give kudos to Elgort as Tommy because he was lively; okay maybe the Tebow remark made me laugh. Perhaps it was because he took the bucket like a gentleman, either way, good on ya Elgort!
Other cast include: Alex Russell as Billy Nolan, Samantha Weinstein as Heather, Karissa Strain as Nicki, Katie Strain as Lizzy, Barry Henley as Principal Morton and Demetrius Joyette as George.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give CARRIE two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Within the first five minutes I can find three avoidable and obvious errors – have fun finding them for yourself. When did I see this story…oh yes, thirty-seven years ago! The 1976 version is flawless so any attempt to remake it while I’m still alive is a huge mistake.
I could have easily said the lines myself, the blood looked horribly fake and the ending was ridiculous. Other than that I’m sure the crowds will love it!
In the end – they want you to know her name.
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