The recent remake of Carrie has been out on DVD and Blu-ray and various download platforms since January 14, which means that I'm way behind in getting a review out. Hey, look, it is what it is.
Don't take my two-months' silence for disinterest, however; as you might recall from my review of the movie from last October's theatrical release, I am a fan of the movie. I had problems with it on its initial release, but they did not prohibit my enjoyment.
Returning to the film in preparation for this review, I re-watched the movie four times: once the old-fashioned Blu-ray way; once with director Kimberley Peirce's commentary track; once on my laptop, via the DVD Sony included with the Blu-ray package (for screencapping purposes, and with the sound muted -- I listened to scores from original-series Star Trek episodes during this process, and there were times when the music fit the imagery almost perfectly . . . and times when it really, really didn't fit it at all); and then again with the commentary track for note-taking purposes.
Any good movie -- and a great many bad ones, too -- will offer up its secrets in layers, so that if you revisit it, you will find yourself noticing new things each time. Sometimes this causes you to appreciate a movie more, and sometimes less; but generally speaking, you will find yourself refining your opinions, for better or worse.
Or, at least, you will if you happen to be a blogger named Bryant Burnette who writes The Truth Inside The Lie. Others' mileage may vary, I suppose; but this is my experience, and it holds true.
For example, it holds very much true as regards Kimberly Peirce's version of Carrie, which I've now seen (one way or another) six times. Let's cut to the chase: yes, I still like it. Yes, I also still have problems with it. BUT . . . I have fewer problems with it, and the aspects that I liked initially seem even stronger to me now. So, all in all, my already-positive opinion of the film has become even more positive, albeit still tinged with a slight bit of "why'd-they-do-that" negativity.
This is the first of two posts I am going to do about the movie. More on that second one later; let's get the first written before we worry about the second, and the first is going to consist mostly of me rambling my way through the various thoughts I've accumulated during the course of my recent rewatches. We'll be illustrating the review with copious screencaps, too, so if my words bore you, there'll at least be some pretty pictures to look at.
I wouldn't necessarily count that image as one of them, though. I continue to be unimpressed by the way the movie was marketed, especially the "YOU WILL KNOW HER NAME" tagline. I mean, is the lack of familiarity with the name "Carrie White" an issue in any way? Not really, not in-story or in our own world, where we've been hearing the name for forty years now. It's a tagline that means nothing, says nothing, and gained the movie's box-office nothing.