Summary : A bold and brave adaptation with a stunning cast that is faithful to what has come before but brave enough to break new ground.
Not another remake I hear you cry! But hold on. Somehow, Kimberly Peirce‘s new take on Carrie is both respectful of the Stephen King novel (and the Brian De Palma adaptation) and brave enough to be a new interpretation of this chilling story in its own right. Modern twists are incorporated – like the nasty Chris videoing the infamous period scene and posting it on YouTube – but these modern touches never detract from the heart of the story.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are both sublime in their respective roles, bringing great depth to their characters. Moore is terrifying as Carrie’s religious zealot mother Margaret whose issues run far deeper than just her blinding religious beliefs. This only serves to make the horrific way she treats her daughter that much more shocking to watch.
Moretz manages to capture each of Carrie’s emotions perfectly and there are few actors of her age who could have played the role with such care and maturity. She is the sweet, bullied teenage girl so desperate to fit in but she is also strong enough to stand up to her mother. When Carrie begins to discover the truth behind her powers, Moretz really starts to shine and the confidence and self-belief her character starts to gain is enthralling to watch.
With a film like this, being based on a popular and well-known novel and coming after a similarly well-known adaptation, the odds were not going to be in its favour. People know the story. They know the ending. They know what’s coming. Yet somehow Peirce has managed to make a film that is compelling throughout. The relationship between mother and daughter is shocking, heartbreaking and surprisingly tender and when the two actresses are together on screen, it is impossible to look away. All the care and attention that went into character development ultimately leads to an incredibly heart-pounding final sequence which is all the more impressive because you are involved in the characters and what they do.
This new adaptation of Carrie is a bold and brave adaptation with a stunning cast. It’s suitably bloody for horror fans but has sufficient plot and character to keep audiences hooked from start to finish. What a shame we Brits couldn’t get it in time for Halloween.
Carrie will finally be arriving on UK screens on Friday 29 November 2013