REVIEW: 'Carrie' shows the tragedy of bullying among teenagers
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 00:10
“Carrie” uses tragedy to present a strong anti-bullying message despite its many flaws.
Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz, “Kick-Ass 2”) is a social outcast trying to survive the world of high school. She is a quiet girl who has been sheltered by her mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) her whole life.
Her mother has instilled in her some radical religious beliefs, and because of this, she freaks out in the middle of the girls locker room when she has her first period. The other girls laugh at her do not understand her home life. They humiliate her by throwing things at her, making fun of her and recording these actions on their cell phones.
One of the girls, cheerleader Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday, “Youth in Revolt”) posts the video online as a way to humiliate Carrie. When the cheerleading coach, Ms. Desjardin (Judy Greer, “Arrested Development”), finds out about the video, she makes all of the cheerleaders do difficult exercises. Hargensen rebels, and Desajardin bans her from being able to attend prom. Chris is mad, and she wants to humiliate Carrie further.
Meanwhile, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, “The Three Musketeers”), a cheerleader who was also involved in bullying Carrie at the beginning of the film, feels guilty about what happened. To make up for it, she asks her boyfriend, Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) to ask Carrie to prom.
In the midst of these happenings, Carrie finds out she has supernatural powers. She can move objects with her mind, and she begins researching this phenomenon.
Carrie eventually agrees to go to prom with Ross, but Hargensen plans on using the event to humiliate Carrie. Neither Ross nor Snell know anything about this plan. Without spoiling anything, something big happens while they are there.
This movie is effective in getting the audience to relate to Carrie by the end. We realize she has been going through a lot in her life. She was raised by a mother who does not seem to want her to be happy, and no one takes her seriously because she is such an outcast. Both her social and family lives are completely screwed up.
When she goes to prom with Tommy Ross, the film does a great job at showing just how happy Carrie is. This adds to the tragedy of the situation because it is very predictable what is going to happen. However, this predictability is put to good use; because we know what is going to happen, the audience feels bad for Carrie as the scene unfolds.
There are a couple of decent performances. Julianne Moore does a very good job at being a creepy woman who seems to misinterpret Christian beliefs and uses them to make Carrie’s life miserable. She is the epitome of the radical Christian, and even resorts to self-mutilation.