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Aug242012

It's Happening... Again.

Hello Lovely Readers!

Beau here, and holy God, it’s happening. 

 

Yeah, yeah, I knew Carrie was in production, but it’s one of those films you know is being made but you don’t truly believe it until you see a still in front of you.  And lucky for us, we have two.

Initial Thoughts:

-Is that really Chloe Moretz? I mean, Jesus. She’s not wasting any time on puberty, is she? We’ll consider Dark Shadows the extent of that and move on, I suppose. Unlike Nathaniel, I’m decidedly mixed on Moretz. I’ve seen nothing of hers thus far that has truly wowed me, (unlike her fellow contemporary Elle Fanning, who KILLED in Super 8) but at the same time, she’s young. And the fact that she is actively pursuing work like this and throwing herself into it fearlessly is something to be commended for. She reminds me a lot of a childhood frenemy of mine who had, ironically enough, a tendency to taunt and tease mercilessly (ironic I guess, considering the nature of her character.) So I also chalk it up to negative association on that front. 

-Seriously, though. Pre-teen Lady Macbeth. 

-I'm reminded (how did I ever forget this?) that most of Carrie’s horror has to deal with the terror of adolescence. It’s no mistake that the opening five minutes centers around her first period; the blood is running already, gushing by the end. 

-Okay. I love Moore as this casting choice. LOVE 

 

 But...

I wanted to see her hair on fucking FIRE. The hairstyle here feels so modern and kept, not at all like Laurie’s in the 70’s. I just had this beautiful image of Julianne Moore going into full-genre-histrionic mode, going Mommie Dearest on Moretz, wild abandon and complete unawareness of who she is. Which isn’t to say she won’t rock the house with this perf; it is certainly the bravest choice she’s made in the way of parts since Savage Grace. I guess I just expected something that would put Sideshow Bob to shame. 

-Love the virginal white contrasting the impure red. Love the cross for being noticeable but not showy. Love the knife in the hand like we’re going into slasher territory.

Yeah.  I’m liking what I see so far. 

How about you?  Will this mark a transition for Moretz?  Does she look the part? Does Moore cut it for you?  Does Moore look like she could bring on the fiery wrath of a thousand suns?  Does a remake have any business / obligation to be faithful to an original? Let's hear it.

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The reality of remakes feels like death. I'm no fan of the original but impending doom is assured.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

I'm actually more interested now to see Julianne play Carrie instead in something like a twisted version of Now, Voyager.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSanty.C

Lord knows I love Julianne Moore more than anything, but F*UCK this screams "straight to dvd" desperately. Why the hell doesn't she receives the movies she deserve?!?!?!

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDearLeonard

I can't imagine Chloe doing naive as well as Sissy, nor Julianne (though I love her) being quite as off the wall as Piper. Those were really lightning-in-a-bottle performances. There's something uniquely 70s about that movie. The idea of Margaret and Carrietta cloistered in suburbia seems too impossible now. I think Margaret would have been recruited as a Tea Party candidate by now. (I do love the harmony of Palin and Margaret White back-to-back for Juli.)

Worst idea for a remake since Psycho?

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

Isn't this an updated version and not set in the 70s? Maybe that's why Moore's look isn't as extreme? I think we should have Moore actually wearing a Sideshow Bob wig. It would be epically nutty. Someone have a number I could call?

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Bad idea all the way around...

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Bad idea all the way around...

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Bad idea all the way around ....

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

^ So bad, he had to post is thrice. ;)

This movie is just an excuse for Our Julianne to work with Kimberly Peirce, OKAY. I'm sure she's been dying to for the better part of a decade now too.

But yeah, crazy red Sideshow Bob hair would've been awesome. Le sigh.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

People tend to forget this, but Moretz was in another adaptation of a (yet to be) classic that everyone thought would be awful, and then it turned out that it wasn't. I'm not saying that means Carrie will work, but what I'm saying is we don't know this is going to fail either. Let's hope for the best.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

Julianne Moore might be one of our best actresses but really remaking "Carrie" again! If you are going to remake a classic horror novel how about Straub's "Ghost Story"

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I'm very excited about this film. I grew up with Carrie the novel, then Carrie the film. This is a retelling of the novel, not the film. I think every great story should be re-told over and over, with each generation bringing their views and ideas. Even the T.V. movie had a few perks I really enjoyed seeing. And with the 2013 version. I'm sure we will get even more scenes that need to be shown.

Carrie 76 is in my top 10 films of all time. And still, I am excited for this and already have a spot picked out on my shelf for it.

Thank you for sharing your views. One rule of thumb on re-doos, re-tellings, sequels, etc. If they suck. Don't look at them.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay Lynn
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