[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.

This is why I stay until the credits are done rolling

They put extras way beyond the end of the movie.

Care to hazard a guess which movie these ones came from?

The Goblet of Fire, now in Pottermore.com

Yup, you read it right!

The first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available to explore.

What are you waiting for still being here? You know you want to see it already. Go now: Pottermore.com!

New stuff in this update:

  • Quidditch World Cup
  • Listen to the first ever Pottermore.com audio entry from J.K. Rowling as she reveals the story of the most notorious Floo Network mishap
  • The Dark Mark in the sky
  • A Chudley Cannons badge in Ron’s bedroom at The Burrow

new features, Pottermore.com

If you are ever around, add me in: I’m there as MidnightRook19579. (I know. I personally think that my username is quite cool and epic.)

How far are you in there?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opening really soon!

How excited are you?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, advance tickets now on sale

I’ve read all three books already so I already know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to put in a spoiler so I’m just going to say… Still, I want to see the movie.

I am really interested to see how they will do the new outfits for Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut!

More Harry Potter, anyone?

cover of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemYes, yes, yes, of course. So, that’s exactly what Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are giving us with the upcoming film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find featuring Newt Scamander, the supposed author of the aforementioned textbook of Harry Potter. This film series will be penned for the silver screen by J.K. Rowling herself.

That is to say, this is authentic Harry Potter.

I could never say it better myself so here‘s what J.K. Rowling has to say about it:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

“As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

“I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I couldn’t say it better myself so here’s J.K. Rowling’s statement:

Aren’t you glad about this?