Film Reviews and Discussion.

Carrie (2013)

Carrie, chloe moretz, kimberly Peirce, film, movie, review, remake, julianne moore, stephen king, greg wetherall

Directed: Kimberly Peirce

Duration: 100 minutes


What a Carrie-On

Remakes, remakes, remakes. Is there a reason for them to exist other than to enable cash registers to sing whilst the viewers’ collectively sigh? The word bandied around in the press release for this update is to ‘galvanise’ a new generation. Maybe that is enough of a valid concern, a calling card to grab the attention of a distracted youth to engage them in material that could otherwise be lost in the tide of time? The realisation of the idea is important though. Execution, in all its forms, is essential to the residual success. With this in mind, attention turns to this 2013 update on the Brian De Palma 1976 cult classic.

Billed as more of a ‘reimagining’ than a remake, the aim here is to nod to the contemporary without disrespectfully butchering Stephen King’s core text. The contemporary nod is most easily engendered through technological reference. It is the easiest signifier as to the division between the present and the past. Therefore, on this basis, please note the use of mobile phones and viral online videos.

Carrie, a girl sheltered by her extremely devout mother is a loner and an outcast. She is a bundle of frustrated confusion. A girl who wants to do ‘good’ but whose idea and notion of the normal is skewed by the environment she calls home. Her mother’s influence is an axis shift from that of those around her. One day, unaware of the mechanics of human biology, she is humiliated after experiencing her first period in the shower at school. She is panicked and has no idea why the blood is falling from her. The sneering, jeering classmates mock her and film the episode. They are later reprimanded by the school. During this period (no pun intended), Carrie goes on a voyage of discovery as to the fact that she may have the power telekinesis. What follows is a prom, pig’s blood and an infamous conclusion.

chloe moretz, carrie, julianne moore, stephen king, movie, review, release, cinema, greg wetherall

Does it the ‘reimagining’ work?

Well, the answer is certainly more of a ‘no’ than a ‘yes’ but let’s start with some positives.
With a stoop of gawky awkwardness, Chloe Moretz drifts from scene to scene with the right dose of social pariah about her. Her gait screams downtrodden and belittled daughter/teenager. Julianne Moore is electric as the Old Testament-bashing mother and Ansel Elgort’s ‘Tommy’ is more engaging and rounded than the previous incarnation.
So where does it fall down? Part of the problem lies in the cosy candy coloured cinematography that does nothing to exude edge and everything to alienate through hyper-realism.

There is also an over enunciated, cliché-throbbing soundtrack to proceedings. Whereas the original film oozed unease and eerie suspense, this outing throws more effects into the mix and seems to be content to throw subtlety out of the window. Above all, as a piece, it all feels rather inconsequential and unnecessary. It lacks punch and it does not improve on what has gone before. It also fails to set alight the screen in its own right. It steps to the side of the shadow of the original through its set of competent performances, but it drowns in indifference overall. It is not a disaster, but it is a failure. All can do better than this.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 03/12/2013 by in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

FILM, FILM and even more FILM! Toomuchnoiseblog is a place for film reviews and discussion. Latest film releases to the cinema and through to DVD and Blu Ray. From American cinema to Asian cinema to European cinema and everything in between. In a nutshell, toomuchnoiseblog is the place for film goers and cinema lovers.

RSS Film News, Reviews and Discussion

  • Kevin Spacey Fields Questions that Female Celebrities Get Asked On the Red Carpet 05/03/2014
    If we’ve learned anything from House of Cards, it’s that Kevin Spacey is skilled at being terrifying. He’s also skilled, we now know, at answering the types of questions female celebrities get asked on the Red Carpet. At the Oscars on Sunday, BuzzFeed threw a series of inquiries at the actor focusing entirely on his appearance and not at all on his work or h […]
    Samantha Grossman
  • Yum-Eh: Watch A Supercut of the Most Awkward Meals in Film History 08/12/2013
    Just in time for a holiday meal with your family, Slacktory has released a supercut of the most awkward meals in cinematic history, including uncomfortable dinner scenes from everything from Annie Hall to Step Brothers to Eraserhead. Is your family supper any more uncomfortable than the one from Lars and the Real Girl where Ryan Gosling’s character forces hi […]
    Melissa Locker
  • Yes, Nicolas Cage Really Did Just Win China’s ‘Best Global Actor’ Award 09/10/2013
    Correction appended, Oct. 10, 2013. It has been decided. China has named Nicolas Cage the Best Global Actor in Motion Pictures at the Huading Awards. And as far as anyone who has seen the actor’s YouTube reel entitled “Nicolas Cage Losing His S***” or is a member of the sub-Reddit group “One True God” is concerned, it’s about time. Cage did win an Oscar for  […]
    Laura Stampler
  • Movie Blogger Dials 911 Over Cell Phone Use in Theater 11/09/2013
    Film critic Alex Billington couldn’t bear sitting through a press screening at the Toronto International Film Festival while a nearby audience member blatantly emailed and texted throughout Ti West’s horror flick, The Sacrament. The cinematic faux paus irritated Billington so much that after complaining to theater managers proved unsuccessful, he called the […]
    Courtney Subramanian
  • NextDraft: Yahoo Buys Tumblr, Prompting 40 Million 20-Year-Olds to Ask: “Ya who?” 20/05/2013
    Let’s Get Ready to Tumbl Today, another large deal was made in a bid to make history in the Internet championship of the world. In this corner, we have Yahoo, an aging heavyweight with a new, compelling CEO looking to get some youthful power in her knockout punch by adding Tumblr, a young company run by a young high school dropout-turned programmer-turned CE […]
    Dave Pell
  • Reading While Eating for Mar. 25: Darlings of the Dance 25/03/2013
    Florida Gulf Coast University Takes NCAA Tournament By Storm. The 22-year-old Ft. Myers-based college became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen, taking out Georgetown and San Diego State University over the weekend. (Keeping Score) Is the Political Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Over? It may well be, regardless of the two landmark cases that the […]
    Eric Dodds
  • Seven Things You May Have Missed at the Oscars 25/02/2013
    Toilet Humor: The Onion, America’s finest (fake) news source, is in hot water this morning for its vulgar tweet about Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s adorable star, Best Actress Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. The offensive tweet has been deleted, but you can see a NSFW screenshot of it here. (The nine-year-old could very well have seen it too; she’s on Twitter at  […]
    Olivia B. Waxman
  • WATCH: 300 Movies in 7 Minutes: The Ultimate 2012 Supercut 18/12/2012
    Cinematically speaking, 2012 was a bit of a wild card year. For every moment of pure cinematic brilliance and originality (think films like The Master, Life of Pi and Beasts of the Southern Wild), vieweres also had to sit through such boring, bloated blockbuster fare as Battleship and Total Recall. Yet in the hands of video editor Gen Ip, a.k.a. Genrocks, th […]
    Melissa Locker
  • Reading While Eating for Oct. 9: Ruffled Feathers 09/10/2012
    In today's must-read links for your lunch break: The Big Bird saga ruffles more feathers.
    Tim Morrison
  • Friends of ‘Sam Bacile’: A Who’s Who of the Innocence of Muslims Film 13/09/2012
    UPDATED: Friday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. An Internet clip of an amateurish, virulently anti-Muslim film called Innocence of Muslims is being identified as one of the flash points behind the anti-U.S. demonstrations in the Middle East that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya, earlier this week. As journalists work to unco […]
    Nick Carbone and Madison Gray
%d bloggers like this: