Directed by Kimberly Peirce, "Carrie" (2013) is the third adaptation of the Stephen King story of the same name. It's about a young teen dealing with her developing telekinetic powers.

I know it's cool to rag on remakes but I actually thought it was pretty decent. An adaptation for the John Green generation, Peirce plays it grounded by downplaying the arthouse elements of the Brian de Palma version. However, I felt this clashes with the special effects-heavy scenes dispersed throughout the film. It does open new room, however, to playful camera angles employed by Steve Yedlin.

The cast turn in good performances. I don't think any iteration reached the heights of Sissy Spacek's performance in the first film but Chloë Grace Moretz offered a valiant effort. I always liked seeing Julianne Moore in movies and I really think she gave her all in this one. Standouts for me, though, are Judy Greer and Ansel Elgort, playing Ms. Desjardin and Tommy Ross. Though Greer wasn't as ruthless as Betty Buckley, her character was witty and quirky, which I liked. Elgort's Tommy turned the charm up to 11, and he was just adorable every time he was on-screen.

Overall, there's worse movies than "Carrie" (2013) but the filmmakers took their shot. It missed the mark but there's room for improvement.

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