Carrie (2013)

The 2013 version of “Carrie” doesn’t really iterate on the story in any meaningful way. Even Bryan Fuller’s dismal 2002 adaptation iterated on De Palma’s excellent 1976 adaptation by including the asides and cutaways that Stephen King’s original novel was all too full of. The closest this version comes to iteration is a few token modernisations (social media and the like).

I thought Piper Laurie was a bit tonally off in De Palmer’s version, but I started missing her while watching this, as Julianne Moore’s much more flat performance of the character was fairly uninteresting. Chloë Grace Moretz is a good actress but feels pretty badly miscast for the titular role, she just doesn’t embody any of the physicality of Carrie, and I don’t just mean that in terms of her looks, but in her cadence, her posture, her whole performance. She honestly seems smug at times, which is just a bizarre note to play for the character. There are also plenty of scenes showing her gaining control of her powers, which seems at odds with her actual character arc. I suppose it made the plot even simpler to understand, maybe that was a priority for the director here.

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It doesn’t look especially great or anything, but at least it does look competent, like an actual movie, something definitely giving it a leg up over the 2002 version. But it just doesn’t change anything meaningful at all from the 1976 or 2002 versions. I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this version over De Palma’s original. I give it one prom ballot, and a white rose.

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