Remakes of iconic films tend to go one of two ways; they either completely bastardize the original vision, or they recreate the original version in a way that adds nothing new or interesting to the conversation. Kimberly Peirce's Carrie is more of the latter, an almost scene-for-scene remake that comes dangerously close to having unintentional laughs during a few scenes. This is not a bad film per se, just a flat and uninspired one that feels almost rushed compared to De Palma's original. It's kinda strange since this film is technically two minutes longer than the original but the the 2013 version seems far too hasty to get to its iconic conclusion instead of really exploring Carrie's fractured mental state. The biggest difference between these two films is no question the direction, with De Palma's version being far more subversive, stylish, and terrifying. Kimberly Peirce's version does an adequate job but she fails to live up to the craft that De Palma instilled in the original. The cast is very solid, with Julianne Moore stealing the film as Carrie's insane mother, Margaret White. Moore nails this guilt-addled evangelist type character with a performance that rivals Piper Laurie's take. I guess I just wish the film tried to add something new about the hot-button issue of bullying instead of just going through the same similar motions. While Kimberly Peirce's Carrie is not a bad film it's a pretty forgettable one that provides no incentive to see it as long as De Palma's version exists.
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