Do different genders see films differently? We set out to see what a male and female movie reviewer each have to say about the same film.
Synopsis (via IMDb): A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Sum up the movie in 2 sentences:
Amanda: Carrie, a young girl raised by an intensely religious mother begins to discover she has telekinetic powers after a bullying incident.
Edmund: Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of classics to remake and botch, we get the very unnecessary Carrie. If you like terrible acting, awful writing, and lame CG special effects, then this 2013 train wreck is the movie for you.
What did you like about the movie?
Amanda: I love Chloë Grace Moretz’s interpretation of the character. Sissy Spacek had a wonderful vulnerability in the 1976 film and I feel that Chloë Grace Moretz broke out of that vulnerability and into a more confident Carrie. By the end, she’s a full-fledged superhuman that truly inspires fear.
Edmund: I won’t say “like” so much as tolerate since there really isn’t much substance to the film, but Julianne Moore was certainly giving it her all as Carrie’s zealot mother. She brings a lot of energy to the screen and she’s engaging enough that she makes even the most hilariously awful scenes be somewhat entertaining.
What did you dislike about the movie?
Amanda: The special effects were very distracting. There weren’t that many areas of the film that needed special effects and when they did, computer-generated seemed to be the way to go, which was very noticeable. That was disappointing.
Edmund: Pretty much everything. For starters, this “remake” is derivative enough to where it rips entire sections of dialogue from the original 1976 film and doesn’t do near enough to establish its own identity. For another, the acting is terrible on all fronts, particularly with Chloe Moretz, who thinks that just messing up her hair and occasionally looking wide-eyed qualifies her as the emotionally abused outcast Carrie White. But most importantly, the script itself is an extremely poor translation of the material, bolstering a lop-sided amount of character development (especially the rushed sequences involving her harnessing her telekinesis), the muddled attempts of poignancy beneath the silliness, and a poorly executed climax complete with some lazy CG effects. On every level, this movie falls flat on its face.
What was your favorite part?
Amanda: The final payoff at the end after the slow build the entire film. When the other characters get what’s coming to them in the original, it’s all over pretty quickly. In this adaptation the bullies’ demise is very nicely prolonged and gruesome.
Edmund: When the movie ended and I left the theater.
Would you recommend it to people?
Amanda: It would depend on the person. I enjoyed it but I know horror isn’t everyone’s favorite genre and there are going to be purists that gag at the thought of a remake. However, I would still say Chloë Grace Moretz’s performance is worth a viewing, even if you know nothing can match the perfection that is the original.
Edmund: Absolutely not. I would instead recommend the original 1976 Brian DePalma film on Netflix Instant.
1 – Covered in Pigs Blood, 2 – Should Be Locked in the Closet, 3 – Teleki-Neat, 4 – Sissy Approves, 5 – Scream Queen of the Prom
Special Effects– “Should Be Locked in the Closet.” As mentioned before, the computer-generated special effects were my least favorite part of the film.
Writing– “Sissy Approves.” While I haven’t read the book, the story was very similar to the original film, and even made a few things clearer, and a few characters more relatable. They also added to some of the plot points (like adding cell phone footage to the bullying scene), which I thought updated the film a little.
Chloë Grace Moretz’s Craziness Level– “Scream Queen of the Prom.” She was my favorite part of the film and really the only reason I wanted to see a remake. Her anger and powers by the end of the film are very intense and well worth the first hour and twenty minutes slow burn.
Overall Film– “Sissy Approves.” I thought they did a solid job without compromising the integrity of the source material.
Special Effects- (2-Should be Locked in the Closet) It’s not Sharknado terrible or anything, but they are pretty lame CG effects.
Writing- (1-Covered in Pigs Blood) Godawful in just about aspect of its script.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s Craziness Level- (1-Covered in Pigs Blood) Yeah sure she’s nuts but it’s a poorly acted and often laughable kind of nuts that doesn’t work at all.
Overall Film- (1-Covered in Pigs Blood) Its existence is entirely unnecessary.