Anyone who saw the 1976 film version of Carrie had better prepare themselves for a massive dose of déjà vu. The latest film version of the 1974 Stephen King novel makes some interesting choices in terms of casting. Some are really decent like Julianne Moore and Judy Greer, but the biggest mistake is casting Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie. The movie doesn’t have any big surprises and plays it pretty safe for the most part.
Carrie White, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, is the weird kid in school. While in the shower at the High School she gets her first period and the other girls throw tampons at her and mock her terribly. Her mother is a religious zealot that is abusive towards her which makes her life a living hell. While she is going through this rough patch she finds out that she can harness incredible psychic powers.
The casting of this movie is okay for the most part. Julianne Moore as Margaret White is pretty chilling. You can really believe that she is out of her mind and that she believes what she is doing is the right thing. Judy Greer as the gym teacher, Rita Desjardin, does a fine job creating a sympathetic character that we want to survive.
The odd choice of casting Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie is baffling. Moretz is too pretty a girl to pull off being the character of Carrie believably. She really was not able to act like a girl who was victimized her entire life. There is a difference between a person broken by years of torment and a pretty person pretending to be timid.
Carrie is not a bad film. I think that the heart is certainly in the right place and their intentions of keeping it close to the Stephen King story was noticeable. It just plays it safe and does not do anything vastly different to distinguish them from the 1976 film. It is certainly worth seeing as a matinee or a rental. It is at least an interesting and entertaining film that is worth the time for Julianne Moore’s performance alone.