Movie critic: Lacey Davies, City of Hamilton, Unfiltered Facts
Movie Genre: horror
Ontario movie rating: R
Opening date: October, 17, 2013
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Tobacco use: No
Carrie is a homely outcast high school girl, who has had telekinetic powers since birth and lives with her over protective and very religious mother. However, when Carrie becomes severally tormented and bullied by her peers she tries to inhibit her powers until she hits her breaking point on prom night; caused by a cruel and unforgiving trick.
Overall I would say that the movie was good, and very enjoyable. In addition, Carrie effectively portrays realistic behavior of paranoia and pain caused by those around her, instantly making it one of my favorite aspects of the movie. People who have been severely bullied throughout their life often have trust issues and are scared of the unknown; this was demonstrated perfectly and had me wanting to reach out and help Carrie throughout the entire movie. Although the pain and frustration that Carrie was going through was demonstrated well, I found that the movie also focused on the mother, and how she was harming herself, way more then it needed to. This movie was a remake of the 1976 Carrie, in which Carrie’s mother was overly protective, and very religious, to the point where she no longer cared about Carrie and was only concerned with her relationship to God, making certain parts of the movie focus more on the mother instead of what Carrie was dealing with. That being said, I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes horror movies and still wants a touch of reality; this movie can really make you realize just how hard a person’s life can be both at home, and at school.
Throughout the movie I realized that the onscreen smoking in 1976 version of Carrie had been removed. The presence and social norms around tobacco use have changed greatly since 1976 and the move remake also evolved to reflect this. I also found it very enjoyable that they did not try to make the main characters seem cool by having them smoke; the guys lacrosse team were just the guys on the lacrosse team, the girls remained in the cool group simply because they were dating guys on the Lacrosse team, not because they smoked.
I give the 2013 version of Carrie 4/5 due to the fact that the movie was 100% realistic but I would have enjoyed it more if they had focused more on how the over protectiveness, and over religious aspects of her mother affected Carrie instead of how it effected the mother allowing her to participate in self harming acts.