director Kimberly Peirce
I didn’t truly think that this new Carrie was going to be any good. Brian DePalma’s 1976 Carrie is such a classic that it’s hard to see why anyone without some serious vision would want to re-tackle the material. There is always this idea that one could be “more true to the novel” or “to make a Carrie for this generation”. And to the latter point, maybe fair enough. 1976 was a long time ago. The world was much different. Wasn’t it? I mean, they didn’t have cell phones back then.
The two things that this film did have in its favor is one of my favorite young actresses, Chloë Grace Moretz, as Carrie. And Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mother seemed pretty good casting too. The fact that the director Kimberly Peirce was behind the production offered maybe(?) a feminist perspective? Frankly, besides having directed Boys Don’t Cry (1999), I couldn’t tell you much else about Peirce, so who knows?
Sadly, it’s an uninspired affair. Moore gets some good screen time and some juicy moments, but Moretz really doesn’t have a lot to do or work with. She’s fine as the shy, shut-in girl in a hostile world, but it’s not very interesting. That’s the film’s biggest fault. It’s not very interesting.
The updating to present 2013 day small town America offers very little except that the period shower tampon scene gets recorded on a cell phone and uploaded to the internet. The media is quite interested in bullying these days and so this sort of thing “seems” apropos. But it was perhaps all the more shocking in 1976 without the aid of technology. Girls could be mean back then too. Maybe that is a lesson for our present time.
And prom? Do kids care about prom anymore? I know they seem to go still. I see them all dressed up around that time of the year, running around in their limos and stuff. But prom seems like a conceit from the 20th century and I wonder aloud, “Does prom matter the way it did back then? Would all this be such a big deal?”
The movie poster was nice.