“Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie, As Far As Remaks Goes, Isn’t Terribly Necessary, Though It’s Worth Seeing Anyway.”
For the longest time I’ve avoided watching Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Brian DePalma’s Carrie because I just didn’t see the point, especially since from what I had seen from the trailers it wasn’t saying anything that the original didn’t.
And for the most part, I was right–and also wrong.
I’ll explain what I mean. Pierce’s remake modernizes the material in a way that you’ll never get from DePalma’s movie–for instance characters use cell phones as well as the Internet–but there’s a very good reason for that: Cell phones didn’t exist and I suspect that Internet didn’t either, at least not in the form that we know it today.
It’s also worth mentioning that the original movie might feel almost quaint (and to be honest, a bit dated) to a contemporary audience that’s grown up in the age of touch screen phones and the wireless interlinking of devices.
And in reference to that supposed quaintness of the original movie that I mentioned earlier-which in some ways was deliberate and had a lot to do with the lighting and the cinematography, which I recall being much softer and better played with the idea of evoking a dream-like state revolving around the idea of an innocent discovering a terrible legacy linked to her becoming a woman.
What I don’t particularly like about the reboot is that in the original movie, when Carrie enacts her vengeance upon the other students, she appeared traumatized, which makes it that much more effective. While in the remake, she seems more intent to do harm to her fellow students, most of whom have done nothing to warrant such behavior.
It’s a small change, but important and worth mentioning.
After all, since both the 1976 and 2013 movie are based on the same book by Stephen King, it’s logical that they bear a lot of similarities, though Carrie is a pretty thick book, which makes me think that the filmmakers this time around could have used different sections of the novel and still remained faithful to the character, while presenting a version that differed in some pretty significant ways from the original.
Carrie is currently stirring up a ruckus on Netflix.