Carrie rocks! really. . . there's rocks. . .
I took my mom and two of my daughters to see Carrie. They are now being seen to by a trauma unit as they recover from shock. Nah -- it was good stuff.
Do you need to be told there might be spoilers? I will not tell you how it ends. I will not tell you if there will be a sequel. I will tell you that I thought it was just as good a telling of Carrie as the DePalma film.
Tell ya up front, I liked it a lot. No use giving movies stars or grades, just saying honestly that I thought it was a strong film is enough. Carrie 2013 can stand toe to toe with any other Stephen King adaptation.
- The relationship between Carrie and mama is nicely played out. They love each other deeply, but one is so broken that she is unable to overcome that brokenness and embrace her daughter. In fact, the moment her daughter needs her most is the moment Margaret's own brokenness reaches its zenith.
- Though the story takes place in the present, the world for Margaret White has not progressed a bit. Her house seems like something from the 70's.
- I like it that Carrie has a sense of God's love and rejects her mothers whacky theology. She is bold, declaring that God is a God of love and telling her mother that the things she is saying aren't even in the Bible. Glad the Bible is the standard of truth.
- Carrie's power is not telekinesis. I don't know what she has, but it's not telekinesis. It's more like -- the force. This girl is like Darth Vader. Her power goes terrifyingly beyond telekinesis.
- This Carrie might be a little socially awkward because of scars from her mother, but she's not an emotional weakling. That's probably good, since Chloe Moretz has an inner strength that can't be hidden.
- Is the movie a remake, or is it a reimagining of the book? Both I think. There are definitely scenes in the movie that were also in DePalma's that are not in the book. However, the story does more with King's source material than the classic did.
- Who is the hero in Carrie? Teachers.
- Scenes with the principal seem forced, rehearsed and awkward.
Despite what previous reviewers have implied, there are no swipes or digs at homeschoolers, or faith itself. I had no sense of a political "statement" being made. Margaret White is a broken person, so everything in her life is broken as well. Her relationships are broken, her daughter is broken, her understanding of God is broken, her attitude toward her own body is broken. It is amazing that in real life I see young people who come from really messed up homes, but they are emotionally okay. They might have some debris, some small scars, but really they made it through unscathed. Carrie has that kind of strength.
I found the prom scene where everyone is laughing at Carrie quite unbelievable. When someone is picked on publically like that, the response is not that kind of laughter. That doesn't give young people enough credit. The whole school doesn't follow the mean girls. The school was enjoying her triumph -- they wouldn't so quickly turn on her. They would be outraged by what was done.
I think this Carrie pulls the viewer in better emotionally than the original. However, I have never seen the original in a theater -- that might matter.
Carrie is one of Stephen King's strongest characters. Emotionally she is able to stand up to and rebel against her abusive mother. Physically, she has powers that could hold off Superman. Sign the kid up for the Justice League -- where do you get an application?