New ‘Carrie’ deserves to stand on its own

Atomictown.comOctober 17, 2013 

Film Review Carrie

This photo released by Sony Pictures shows Chloe Moretz, left, and Julianne Moore in a scene from the horror film "Carrie." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Michael Gibson)

MICHAEL GIBSON — AP

Chloe Grace Moretz is Carrie White, Stephen King's tragic telekinetic teen who is bullied by classmates to the point where she and everything around her literally explode. The creative bullying leads to King's one-of-a-kind prom scene dubbed by many to be one of the scariest in horror history.

Much of the discussion about Carrie will center on comparing 1976 with 2013. That's unfortunate, because the new version deserves to stand on its own. It's slow but not a bad effort.

Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) does a pretty good job of casting and filming the remake. Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 and 2) has a harder edge than Sissy Spacek's original character. She mixes a natural wide-eyed innocence with the marvelous toughness displayed in the two Kick-Assflicks.

Is she a better Carrie than Spacek? Not really. Spacek has an ability to do the essential deer-caught-in-headlights act that Moretz cannot. But Moretz has a toughness that helps the updated version.

More comparison. Julianne Moore plays Carrie's zealot and somewhat abusive mom. She's pretty good but doesn't have the menace and the hard edge the believably possessed Piper Laurie had in the first film.

And on it goes.

At two-minutes longer than the original's 98-minutes, Carrie seems to drag in places. That could be because we all know the story and are in a hurry for Peirce to get to the climax.

The producers of Carrie say this version is closer to Stephen King's book than the 1976 original. I caught the movie in 1976 and only saw it once. So whether this one is more true to King's vision than Brian De Palma's movie, I can't really say.

What I can say is that Carrie is a first-rate horror movie. Period. And that goes for 1976 and 2013.

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated R for mature themes, violence, blood, gore. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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