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Carrie (2013) Movie Review

October 19, 2013

Some may say this is a pointless remake. This may be because of some affinity for the original version that is so strong it doesn’t seem possible to do any better. While I appreciate the original was well done and has garnered quite a following over time, I can’t think of a single movie that I would say should never be re-made. This review will judge the “Carrie” remake for how well it succeeds as a film compared to other films released in the same year, without any comparison to the original. It seems that is all other critics want to do, something I am not particularly interested in.

To make a successful film version of “Carrie,” it is important to have talented actresses for both Carrie and her mother. In this regard, the casting was a resounding success. I would probably have gone to see this film solely to see Chloe Grace Moretz play Carrie because she is a fantastic actress. Thankfully, Julianne Moore is fantastic as Carrie’s mother and many of the lesser-known supporting actors do a fine job as well.

Marco Beltrami is known for his numerous horror scores and he does not disappoint in “Carrie.” Sadly the music was mixed pretty low for the most part but it was always effective and fitting. The music captures the emotions under the film well. Kimberly Peirce does a fantastic job directing “Carrie,” and gives the film a modern feel in many ways. Though some might be able to enjoy the original for all the complexity it brings, others will appreciate a fresh look at this powerful story.

“Carrie” succeeds at giving the story a modern feel, while still remaining true to the characters involved. If you are considering checking out this new version of “Carrie,” it is worth watching for Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore alone. They capture the audience’s attention every time they appear on screen. If you are open to a fresh interpretation of “Carrie,” you will find a lot to enjoy with this version.
4/5

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