Someone tell me I’m not the only one that thought of Fame by Irene Cara when I saw that tagline?
(♬ “FAME~ I’m gonna live forever… I’m gonna learn how to fly HIGH… I feel it coming together… Baby remember my name~~”♫ )
*cough* On a more serious note…
I had been a little nervous about watching Carrie. Mostly because I am a complete softie and horror movies scare the bejeezus outta me.
I saw the trailer, and it didn’t look at all bad… but then again, that was what I had thought about 28 Weeks Later, too. Came out of the cinema that day with a permanent fear of zombies.
I was prepared to avert my eyes any time during the movie. But as it turned out, the first half an hour was not too bad! I was waiting on the edge of my seat for things to get really… nasty. I mean sure, from the trailer we know that Carrie lost it when some kids pulled a prank on her after she was crowned Prom Queen.
But the whole movie turned out to be… not scary at all, actually. However I did find Carrie’s mother’s ‘religiousness’ disturbingly scary. In fact, I find any form of religion misuse/misinterpretation downright creepy. O_O Also, probably the scene where Carrie ran amok was a bit gruesome as well, with blood spurting out from squashed bodies, and flying in every direction.
But as with movies like this, you can’t help but understand Carrie’s pain. (Well, unless you’re some rich spoilt brat who thinks they’re all high and mighty above everyone else…. JUST SAYING.)
The scene where Carrie completely flips when she has her first period itself is painful to watch; to see a bunch of people making fun of someone already so terrified of not knowing what’s happening to her body… ><
So you really gotta give it to Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore for acting out the lost Carrie and deranged mother respectively. Julianne Moore really had that deranged look, the kind where one look and you know she’s no good. I read somewhere that Chloe and the director had sat down and discussed the character thoroughly, and they spoke about all the misfits in school and the awkwardness and yadda yadda. Looks like it definitely paid off, because I thought Chloe pulled it off very well.
Character-wise though, I think we don’t take people like Carrie serious enough. We bully and taunt the weak, thinking of them as harmless, useless, and weak beings. We never think of them as behaving otherwise. And on the occasion when someone actually falls off the edge and does something drastic, people claim that they ‘never saw the signs‘ or perhaps that it ‘was just a joke‘.
People like that make me sick to my stomach. And if Carrie was a real person, I’d applaud her. Call me sadistic, but I definitely feel that the bullies needed to feel a little (if not more) of the kind of terror and pain they had caused Carrie. Most people don’t know exactly how it feels to be constantly taunted, bullied, and insulted, be it mentally or physically. Just because some scars aren’t visible does not mean they aren’t there.
I would know; I went through it myself. Not from my peers, but from my family. Things are much better now, but take it from me when I say that scars like these not only stay with you possibly forever, but they make you sour. Stony. Bitter.
It may have been a long while, but I definitely remember how it felt like. While it took years to built up that little bit of confidence, I grasp on to it for dear life every time.
So at the end of the movie, as Sue Snell gave her testimony, I found myself nodding. And as she recited the last sentence, it was as if I knew it by heart myself.
“Carrie had some sort of power. But she was just like me… like any of you, she had hopes, she had fears, but we pushed her. And you can only push someone so far…” said Sue, before pausing.
And then, as if in sync, Sue muttered the next line just as I mouthed it out:
“… before they break.”