Thursday, April 26, 2012
Stephen King has had a rather interesting history with movies. When a movie is made based off of one of his books, it goes either one of two ways: It's either phenomenal, or it sucks hard. Some of you know that the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining is one of my favorite movies, even though it goes away from the subject material. For the most part, the rest of his adaptations tend to suck. The one exception is Carrie, which is a story about a sheltered high school girl who discovers that she has special abilities and uses it to exact her revenge after being pushed too far by her classmates. While Brian De Palma also tends to be hit and miss with me (love Scarface, hate The Untouchables), I will say that his version of Carrie is one of his better films. And now, with this constant stream of re imaginings and remakes coming out, it seems that a remake of Carrie has made the line up.
Being that this was one of the better Stephen King adaptations, I thought it was kind of odd that this would be the movie that they decided to remake. I would really love to see a movie based off of some of his other works, such as some of the short stories in one of his most recent works, Full Dark, No Stars. At first, I thought that this was just going to be another botched Hollywood remake, but then I saw who was being cast as Carrie herself. Turns out it is no one other than Chloe Grace Moretz, aka Hit Girl from Kickass. That is actually one of the better casting choices that I have seen in recent years. In fact, I'm actually kind of excited to see what will happen with this movie now that I know that such a talented young actress has been given the part. If Hit Girl taught us anything, it's that she can go from innocent and wide-eyed to ravenous and full of rage. Call me crazy, but if they do this right, she may be looking at an Oscar nod. That is probably a stretch, but Moretz has definitely shown that she has the chops. Only time will tell if this will live up to my recently increased hopes.