Remakes are the order of the past decade particularly and it’s no surprise that the classic Carrie is up next to be served.
Is it a good idea though?
With Kick-Ass Chloë Moretz as the titular character Carrie White and Julianne Moore as her abusive, religious mother Margaret White – we at least know the acting will be at a high level. Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is the director brave enough to attempt the remake of Brian De Palma’s classic. She is close friends with the director, so despite not having a lot of films under her belt, we hope that at least her friendship means that he was consulted as well as Stephen King.
For those who are somehow unaware of the original, Carrie is the dramatic story, penned by Stephen King, of a shy girl shunned by her classmates and sheltered by her over-bearing mother. A prank goes horribly wrong, and her little town are at the mercy of her telekinetic wrath, as she is pushed too far. Click on the poster above for the trailer.
I don’t like remakes and it takes a lot to bring me around (well done, Hawaii Five-O). The pros (great actors, amazing cinematography and special effects, great soundtrack, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has successfully adapted King’s work before) outweigh the cons in this remake (fledgling director, relative unknowns, postponed release). Maybe it’s worth taking a look even if it’s just to play the comparison game. I’m reserving judgement until then.
For those who love Sissy Spacek as Carrie, there may be some resistance – but I think Sony Pictures have been unleashing some impressive marketing ploys on the unsuspecting public of late. This is how you market a film.
But what do YOU think? Worth the paper it’s written on? Or straight-to-dvd release? Your turn on the soapbox in 3,2,1.