Friday, November 1, 2013
Movie Reviews: Carrie (2013)
But though it may be an easier pitch for Hollywood executives, it can still be a tough sell for fans who don’t want their classics touched. And perhaps that’s why the 2013 remake of Stephen King’s Carrie has faltered at the box office, even though I would argue that it’s a great film.
The 2013 remake works because of brilliant casting – not just Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her religiously-twisted mother, but the entire supporting cast as well. Unlike the 1976 film, which seemed like it should have been Carrie: The College Years, most of the high schoolers actually look like they could be in high school. Ansel Elgort brings a wide-eyed innocence to his performance as Tommy Ross. Who could say no if he asked you to the prom? And Alex Russell brings an intensity to Billy Nolan that I don’t recall John Travolta showing in the original.
Carrie will certainly make my list for Best Mystery, Suspense, Horror, or Thriller Film of 2013, and no doubt some of the other categories as well.
Rating: 3 ½ stars