The full trailer for the Carrie remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore has hit our screens, and it looks, well…alright.
First, let’s just talk about this Carrie remake. So after watching the Carrie trailer, I didn’t feel much at all. I was pretty underwhelmed if I’m honest. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been watching the trailer for ‘Evil Dead’ too much, as there isn’t much in the world of movie trailers that can top that one. So I’ll give it a pass. Julianne Moore is a good actress, and Chloe Moretz has established herself as a strong player in this particular field, of young horror actresses (‘Let Me In’ for example).
However, the thing here is, the film is based on a Stephen King book. Everybody knows that many of Stephen King’s stories can be incredibly hard to make into good movies. Obviously, there are a lot of great Stephen King adaptations, such as ‘The Shining,’ ‘The Green Mile,’ the original ‘Carrie.’ I am a massive Stephen King fan and most of his books are amazing, but they are often stories that don’t translate well to the movie screen. A lot of it is due to the outlandish fantasy themes and crazy creatures. The strange thing here though, is that ‘Carrie’ is not one of those books that are impossible to film, however the nature of the story has an old fashioned, plainness to it. This was captured really well in the old book, with the effects during the climax being visceral and gritty, without too much modern flare. What I see in this trailer is a modern, glamorous version of something that just feels right being filmed 20-30 years ago.
This has been the case with a lot of remakes, and in my opinion, one of the reasons these things just don’t work out more often than not. There are always exceptions, perhaps ‘Evil Dead,’ being one. But you have to pick and choose. These things take some thought, and they require you to understand what made the original so great. If the answer to that question is something intangible, that you can’t manually create, then maybe it’s time to say no.
Here’s the thing though. I’m talking to myself and nobody cares, because these remakes don’t happen because they should or shouldn’t, they happen because they make a bucket load of money for the people who make them. I like to think that I would never dump my integrity for a dollar, but let’s be honest here. If someone offered me 10 million bones to remake ‘The Godfather,’ starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart I’d say “shit Pattinson, give me your best Brando.” Sometimes there is just an offer you can’t refuse (I had to…..).