Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carrie Review - 2 Stars

The original “Carrie” directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek as the challenged high school girl who uses her special powers to fight back against the school’s mean girls stands among the greatest horror movies ever.  So let’s face it, this new version doesn’t stand a chance.  Still I was curious to see how the remake stands up.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays Carrie.  She’s best known as the kid from Kick Ass.  Moretz does a great job of making Carrie sympathetic–slumping around her high school in ill-fitting clothes sewn by her religious fanatic mother (the great Julianne Moore.)  “Carrie” remake two classic scenes:  a shower scene in which Carrie gets her first period and the popular girls make fun of her and of course the classic prom night scene when Carrie comes on stage as Queen of the prom only to have a bucket of pig blood dumped on her.  The shower scene gets a contemporary update with overtones of bullying and cyber-bullying.  The prom scene, however, disappoints, possibly because we all know too well what’s coming.  The ending lacks the punch and shock of the original and the remake adds nothing new or original.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Nobody can touch the 1978 classic.  Is it entertaining?  Not original.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Save your dough and see the real thing.