White is a shy young girl in her senior year of high school. Carrie
is also a bit of a social misfit and outcast. Most of her classmates
either make fun of her or dont even know that she exists.
But at the senior prom, Carrie White will break out of her shell
and all will finally notice the quiet young lady, when a power
that she has been hiding inside of her will finally be let loose
for all to see.
1976 Carrie, directed by Brian DePalma, stormed onto the
big screen and introduced the world to Stephen Kings first
published novel. In 2002 it was remade as a television miniseries,
but is it as good as the original or does it just get a bucket
of pig blood dumped over it?
is going to be a pretty simple review folks so here it goes; If
you have read the novel and never seen the '76 version, then you
will really like this film. If you have seen the '76 version,
then this film will suck. If you have seen the '76 version and
read the novel, you will probably like both versions for different
reasons. See I told you this was a simple review.
2002 is updated to current times and follows the novel nearly
to a T; it even has the meteor shower, which really surprised
me. You also get Angela Bettis slipping on the prom gown as Carrie.
Bettis does a fair job and has the awkward, misfit routine down
to a science, but I thought she looked just a little too old for
the part. You also get Patricia Clarkson in the role of Margret
White, Carries zealot of a mother, which was a plus to the
film. And of course you cant have a version of Carrie without
some hot ass, snobby, high school bitches and a few jock style
assholes as well, all the actors look the part and play their
roles well, but nobody was really outstanding or memorable.
as I said earlier, the film really follows the story in the novel
and has a decent cast. "So whats the problem Prime?"
you may be asking, well here it is: DePalmas 1976 film,
is damn near flawless. Even if it varies a little on the story
from time to time. Angela Bettis is good, but Sissy Spacek was
fantastic, Patricia Clarkson was a haunted Margret White, but
Piper Lauries was a damn demonic bitch straight out of hell!
Also I always thought Amy Irving, P.J. Soles and Nancy Allen were
incredible, especially in that damn shower scene
steam, teens and more wool than in a lonely farmers zipper.
Plus how can you go wrong with the future Greatest American Hero
and Vincent Vega having small roles, you cant.
much like The Shining,
there is just such a huge amount of prestige and power to overcome
from the film version to the television version, its not
that its bad or inferior, it just cant live up to
the reputation of its big brother or sister, which really
shows the reputation of the initial version.
'02 isn't bad, but even as much as I tried to remove the images
of the first film out of my head, I was simply unable to do it
and as a result found myself a little bored from time to time
watching the much longer television version, but it was worth
10 compared to 1976
7 of 10 compared to the novel.