Stephen King is Stephen King is Stephen Freakin King! "Carrie" is one of the best films to come out, it's classified as a horror, but it is so much more. Falling in love with this movie all over again, after first watching it some years ago. This is the story of a troubled teen trying to find herself within a sea of cruelty and only finding comfort in the strength of her mind. It's an honor to review this masterpiece of theater, let's begin...
Everything about this movie speaks to your soul. From the beginning, we as the viewer connect with young, fragile "Carrie" in one of her most intimate discoveries as a young woman cleansing in the locker room. What is her discovery? Only finding out what most female youths are told long before they ever hit puberty. This sad moment in Carrie's life could have been avoided,
if only her delusional "Bible Thumping Mother"(Piper Laurie) would have taken the time to explain what it means to be a woman.
So with no island in sight and no one to guide her, Carrie(Sissy Spacek) goes deeper into herself. Stumbling upon powers of Telekinesis which only darken her dim lit world even further. She even attempts to look for friendship within her peers, but only finds more grief and despair. It's easy to feel sorry for Carrie, but then again, that was probably Stephen King's intention all along. He wanted us to feel what Carrie felt all throughout the movie and that is alone. Even when a young boy by the name of Tommy Ross(William Katt) asks her to the prom, Carrie is leery, but hopeful. You see a spirit like Carrie's may be down, but don't ever count her out.
We've all been guilty of overlooking, overstepping and even totally disregarding that person who doesn't quite seem to fit in, at least once in our errors. Fortunately for us, we don't have to learn the hard way like some of the losers in her school do near the end of the film. Pushing Carrie to no end, her peers tormented her, shamed her and ultimately put the nail in their own coffins. You see all the while, Carrie had been holding back, trying to save them from themselves. Who are they? They are the jocks, the cheerleaders, the pretty people of her school that made her everyday a living hell.
One can't blame Carrie for acting out the way she did. If anyone of us had been through those same tribulations, we would have done the same, if not more. Can you say that Carrie's actions were wrong? Or do you agree that she is just in her response? Watching this movie definitely hits an emotional bell over here, it's as if you want to hug Carrie and tell her that everything will be okay. You want to tell her that she doesn't have to cry, but that would be a lie. She has a right to be upset, a right to rage, a right to fight. The school being lit up like the 4th of July is just the sign of a battle well fought and a respect well earned.
This film should still set the bar pretty high for filmmakers today. When's the last time you've seen a good horror slash drama that left you misty on the inside? When's the last time a character's plight has touched your heart, if only for a moment. Stephen King's book and film should serve as an inspiration for all aspiring future masters of the arts to make something bigger than themselves. Make a film or write a book worthy of withstanding the hands of time. This movie came out in 1976 and in 2013, it's still Beautiful.
Now to give credit to some of the other folks that made this masterpiece into what it still is today, we must salute Brian De Palma and Lawrence D. Cohen. These two are responsible for the direction and seamless transition of the book to film. Also, the soundtrack is amazing, Pino Donaggio put together some impressive songs that truly capture Carrie's moment in time. Two of the songs that sincerely tug at your heart strings in the film are listed below for your listening enjoyment. If you haven't seen the movie, these songs will mean so much more after you do.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for lovers of quality cinema. For those that truly want a unique experience that is both moving and captivating at the same time. There is a bit of nudity, so if you have some young ones they may need to cover their eyes a time or two, at least until they are old enough to understand what is seen. "Carrie" is now on Netflix for those not wanting to wait another minute to see this film. Enjoy...
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