[Review] Carrie

I don’t exactly go to the movies all the time but there’s some budget allotted for me that I can use for leisure. Or so it seems.

Carrie, 2013, theater posterNow, this movie I was almost certain I didn’t want to watch. If only I had been more certain at the time.

First of all, the title isn’t anything interesting. The tag line is a bit interesting but I’ll be mentioning that again later.

Second, I never really watch horror movies and the poster was just screaming so. However, I was told that it’s not a horror movie at all (which is true) and Carrie‘s got powers. With that, I imagined The Covenant. Wrong. Well, mostly.

Before I go anywhere else, Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, is a movie set in the present time in your “typical” high school where the mean dark-haired girl, and her crowd, bullies the loner blond. Kinda like in the Taylor Swift video, You Belong With Me.

Remember that tag line I was talking about earlier?

In the poster it says, “You will know her name”. And that really doesn’t speak of the Carrie in the movie at all because everybody knew Carrie. So, the interesting-ness of the tag line evaporates almost immediately.

Story-wise I’d say… It’s a very long way to the prom. And you know that the more important bit happens there because that’s what the trailer told you. After almost an hour without it happening, you start really wondering about it and start thinking that there wouldn’t be much of a story if it drags on any longer.

In the end, you’ll be right because nothing much happens after the prom. Basically, it starts and ends there. (There is that thing about her first but that was just dragged on much longer than it should have. Like the rest of the prelude.)

The part where she saves her gym teacher from electrocution makes her rampage weak and simply all wrong because it could only mean that she was sane at the time and not taken over by rage. Which means, her act of killing all those people, and destroying just about everything in her path, was a rational and conscious act. And that totally makes her a villain, a very weak villain, instead of a victim – which is what she was supposed to be.

Oops. Sorry I didn’t add a spoiler warning. Not.

Mostly, throughout the movie, I could only ask myself, “Why did that have to be so predictable?”

Of course, that might just be me because I’ve seen enough movies and read enough books.

Truly, there isn’t much in it.

I should mention, there’s just a lot of blood; which I didn’t like at all. I don’t like blood and gore. It’s what made me not want to watch Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. I should have guessed at that, given the poster, but part of me was probably hoping that there wouldn’t be much besides those in her dress.

I wish I could say that the soundtrack was its redeeming factor but I couldn’t. Nothing about the soundtrack was memorable. I’m not a fan of the Twilight series (I still don’t get why people react so) but I have to admit that their soundtrack is kinda good.

I guess, this is a bad review of a movie. I hate writing something like this. But I can only write what I saw.

I can’t even do what I did with Sucker Punch trying to redeem the movie by the fact of Zack Snyder because Kimberly Peirce isn’t exactly familiar. At least, not to me. That was the first thing I noticed about the movie, by the way: the unfamiliar name of the director.

Perhaps, one redeeming factor of the movie for me would be the fact that I saw it for free, including snacks. Except for my time, I didn’t really have to pay for it so… All’s well, I guess.