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Film Review: Carrie (2013)
Carrie (2013). Directed by Kimberly Peirce and based on the novel by Stephen King. The film starts around 18 years in the past, with a crazy religious woman (Julianne Moore) thinking she has cancer, inflicted on her by God, then discovering she has given birth. She almost kills the baby with a pair of scissors, but then decides to care for it. The story moves forward to present day, and Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is now at college. With her crazy single mother and poor background she's frequently bullied. This new version of Carrie was an odd mixture for me, but mostly good. Moretz and Moore are both excellent. The bullying thread and lead up to the crescendo of the film are reasonably well done. The two issues I had with the film were the characterisation of Carrie, which just didn't feel very natural at times, so I didn't empathise as much with the character as perhaps I wanted to. The ending felt muddled, even though it adheres fairly closely to the book, along with a rather silly final moment that just smacked of a B movie. Ultimately what could have been a great film let down by a lack of finesse. Recommended for fans of fantasy horror. 4/5 (Good)