I’m not thrilled about the remake of Carrie because I feel it’s just unnecessary; the Brian DePalma-directed original was well-done and sticks in the minds of anyone who has seen it. The only “justification” for filming the story again would be to stick closer to Stephen King‘s original novel — which is what I have been hearing about the reboot.
The other big plus for this version is the cast. I really think Chloë Grace Moretz is a talented young actress with a bright future ahead of her, and at age 15, she is perfect casting for the world’s most famous troubled teen, Carrie White. And no one can argue with Julianne Moore being in anything. Here, she will play Carrie’s religious-fanatic mother, Margaret. Moore is always a highlight of anything she is in, and her Oscar will be coming someday. (Er, I don’t expect it from this movie; but one never knows.)
Boosting the awards chances of Moore and Moretz — not to mention the movie itself is the director, Kimberly Peirce, who guided Hilary Swank to her first best-actress Oscar in the indie breakout Boys Don’t Cry. Based on that picture, I like Peirce’s faculty for dealing sensitively with teens in crisis. from an emotional standpoint, there’s probably not a lot of difference between the alienation that Brandon Teena (Swank) experienced in BDC and the put-upon Carrie White in this movie.
Moore told Entertainment Weekly:
“This woman has clearly had a psychotic break, perhaps several. But what’s sad about it for me is that she’s clearly sick and here’s this poor child in the thrall of this person who is seriously ill. And on top of that, they have this mother-daughter relationship. So we want to make that relationship as meaningful as possible, even though it is horrible and destructive.”
The movies is slated to open March 15, 2013, which is interesting. Why March instead of closer to Halloween? That suggests either the studio, Screen Gems, has faith that the movie will stand on its own without opening in close proximity to the scariest night of the year — or that the suits don’t think it’s scary enough for All Hallow’s Eve!
Here’s the synopsis from Screen Gems:
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.