I enjoy how Hollywood are approaching remakes now. I'm really annoyed about how remakes are inevitable now a days, but at least Hollywood are trying harder with them. They know they will never be as great as the original and are trying to make the films slightly different to the original, they're making them fresh. With Carrie they've kept it similar, but also updated it and faced more issues such as cyber bullying which is now a big problem. They've also created a much more intense, gory and violent prom scene that arguably was as good as the original's scene.
The film boasts with talented actresses. Carrie is a very woman filled movie, by that I mean most of the main characters are female, and all of them were superb. Chloë Grace Moretz is a sensational young actress and she does outstanding as the shy, bullied outcast that is Carrie. As well as this Julian Moore does a horrifying and intense job as Margaret White, Carrie's mother. Neither of them can compare to the sensation performances in the original film, but they were more then satisfying performances.
The prom scene is arguably as great as the one from the original. I absolutely love the original Carrie, it's one of my all time favourite horror films, but I actually liked this prom scene as much as I did in the original. This film is far from being on par with the original, but it's still enjoyable. The prom in the original was kind of slightly underwhelming as in the book there was a much larger rampage and with the new Carrie more of the rampage and the gore was shown. Carrie blows up and murders a lot more people in this new film then she did in the original and so I was very pleased with it.
The film was much more of a remake then a re-imagining. It was publicly announced multiple times that this film was written based on the book and not on the original film, yet after watching it I completely disagree with that statement. This film is much more of a remake then a re-imagining. There are some scenes that were word for word the original film, but there were a few scenes that were new or based on the book that weren't in the original and I enjoyed them. It did have a few aspects of a re-imagining, but mostly it was a remake through and through.
To sum up Carrie was a superb remake, not re-imagining as it was publicly announced. It boasts with talent from the cast, had a horrifying prom scene that was arguably as good as the original and was updated for modern society.
3 1/2 Stars