Posted by Alyssa
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
Grade: D (with no chance of a re-do)
There’s a reason why certain movies are not supposed to be remade. We will call this movie “Exhibit A.” It is a shame that an anti-bullying movie is still relevant, but this film makes it all look like a joke. Additionally, it waves the death of teenagers and the use of social media and cell phones in its audience face to emphasize that it is a “modern” retelling of King’s classic tale.
Socially-awkward is perhaps the lightest way to classify Carrie White (Moretz). Since a young age, Carrie has stayed in the background of her peers and doesn’t typically make herself known. However, that all changes when she has a very public experience getting her period for the first time in the gym locker room. Rather than helping the girl through the incident, her classmates take to throwing tampons and pads at her and chanting “plug it up” to her fetal position on the shower floor. Plus, they all have iPhones, so they are able to record a video and take pictures. This incident escalates past the locker room and extends to punish all of the girls involved by threatening to take away their Prom privileges. The horror! The girl with the most bite on Carrie White is royal bitch, borderline psychopath who is a rich daddy’s girl with serious issues. Additionally, Carrie has her crazy religious mother (Moore) to contend with at home. All of this turmoil leads up to an explosive conclusion that has Carrie using her telekinetic powers to ruin the best night of their young lives.
We know the story by now, but there’s something about all these actions that is not very fitting in a modern setting. Moretz and Moore are great, but this movie shouldn’t have happened. There is also a very unfortunate Prom montage that does not seem to fit in at all with the rest of the movie. It’s too bad that this movie didn’t work out because there could have been great commentary on the plight of the modern female, what with her love of cyberbullying and materialistic tendencies, instead it rehashed a story that was already told and brought nothing new to it.