Thursday, August 5, 2010
For a movie called Carrie, Carrie's not in the movie as much as you'd think. The movie spends I'd say half of its time with other characters from Carrie's high school. But the amazing thing is that everything evolves around this taciturn, lonely outcast. Some of the characters are plotting an evil plan to humiliate Carrie while others are changing their ways and realizing that Carrie is a person with real feelings. So these two different attitudes towards Carrie reach their climax at the same time and the result at the senior prom is absolutely shattering. Carrie, played by Sissy Spacek, definitely has problems that keep her from connecting with others. At first she just seems weird and kind of creepy. But then we find out what's going on in her personal life and begin to understand her and why she acts the way she does. It's really because of her terrible mother, a religious freak who's worse than the Jesuslover in the novel The Grapes of Wrath. She prevents Carrie from making any sort of human connections and thinks that just about every action in life is a sin influenced by Satan. Carrie does have an advantage when she's rebuked because when she gets angry she can make anything happen. So when a kid rides by on his bike and insults her, she heats up and forces him to fall. Carrie is a based off of a Stephen King novel, which I actually have on my desk at the moment and intend to read. The film, which likely stays mostly true to the book, is an indication as to King's special talent. Taking a horror story and making it bring out such feeling and emotion is a remarkable feat. This is one of the strangest movies I've seen because it's both a horror film and a thoughtful high school drama. And that ending is one massive crazy.