CARRIE (Fox, 2013) D: Kimberly Peirce, w/ Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNN
What are you in it for, the emotion or the spectacle? If you're after that combination of horror and heartbreak, go for the original Carrie. But the remake pulls off a far grander eye-popping finale.
Not that the new version lacks feeling. The tale of high school outcast Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), who turns disastrously telekinetic when puberty hits, and her repressive religious maniac mother (Julianne Moore) is too powerful for that. And Moretz and Moore make the most of their love-hate relationship.
But director Kimberly Peirce stretches the story out by spending time on the minor characters and Carrie's development of her powers. The latter changes her motivation at the climax from uncontrolled rage to in-control hate - a big difference.
None of this is bad, but it weakens the impact. So does Peirce's ordinary visual style, which comes nowhere near the grace of the original's director, Brian De Palma, though you'll see a nod to his work here and there.
On her commentary, Peirce spends some time explaining the supporting characters and why their stories are worth developing.
EXTRAS Commentary, making-of interviews, fire stunt footage, telekinesis gag, alternate ending. English, French, Spanish audio. English, Spanish subtitles.