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Although he has published nearly 60 books in the last thirty-nine years and sold nearly 400 million copies of them, Stephen King's first novel "Carrie" is still one of the author's best and most trend-setting works for many of his fans. And also the first film adaptation from 1976 by Brian De Palma belongs to the few Stephen King adaptations that can be described as really successful. After an unnecessary sequel from 1999 and a weak TV remake from 2002, director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys don't cry") has now taken up the subject again.
The story has hardly changed her. The focus is on the outsider Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is kept away by her religiously fanatical mother (Julianne Moore) from anything that girls of her age actually enjoy. That Carrie is therefore teased and bullied by her classmates is blamed by her mother on the morally corrupt society, which is controlled only by lust and sin. But Carrie is not only different because of her mother's behavior. She also has telekinetic powers, which become stronger and stronger the more humiliations the girl has to endure. When she is invited to the prom by Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), who is actually together with the pretty and popular Sue Snell (Gabrielle Wilde), Carrie at first believes in a bad joke. But when the boy assures her that he's serious, she can't resist his charm for long. Against her mother's will, Carrie agrees and goes to prom with Tommy - a decision that will end in a catastrophe...
Kimberly Peirce's version of the story is less based on the novel than on De Palma's film version. And that's exactly the biggest weakness of the otherwise solid adaptation. Peirce leaves completely unused the possibility of creating something entirely her own and perhaps concentrating on aspects of the novel that De Palma has neglected. Instead, it inevitably evokes comparisons with the first film version, which it simply cannot withstand. Peirce also largely missed the opportunity to give the story new impetus after almost forty years. The interesting approach of including cyberbullying in the plot is only marginally dealt with in the script, although some psychologically interesting aspects could certainly have been worked out here.
Craftsmanship is fine with the film. The problem here is that this "Carrie" just isn't awesome. So Chloë Grace Moretz is just too cute for this role with all his acting talent. She does not resemble the girl Stephen King describes in his book in any way. And even if this may be true for De Palma's Carrie Sissy Spacek, she has at least perfectly transformed into the role of the somewhat strange outsider. When the 2013 Carrie flips out and uses her powers to cause death and destruction, Moretz looks more like an angry X-Men than a girl driven by rage, hatred and demonic murderous lust. And that too simply takes away the horror inherent in King's great book. Only Julianne Moore is really convincing here, who delivers a frighteningly good performance as a woman driven by religious fanaticism. She is the one who manages to help the movie out of its mediocrity at the end.
Due to the fact that Kimberly Peirce has staged a quite entertaining movie, her version simply lacks all the things that made De Palma's adaptation so successful. Not only does the 2013 version have much less blood to offer, but the shower sequence at the beginning was robbed of its complete intensity in favor of political correctness (and not necessarily due to the lack of naked breasts). No, even an iconic scene like the end of De Palma's film is completely missing here. This is nice to look at and in some moments also pleasantly exciting. But unfortunately this "Carrie" is not really devilishly good. And therefore: actually only for younger horror fans who don't know De Palma's movie, definitely worth seeing!
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