A short version of my Carrie review, written for Rock’n’Reel Reviews.
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Chloe Grace Moretz gives a wicked performance as vulnerable teen Carrie White in this modern adaptation of 1976’s iconic horror. The requirement for the classic to undergo a remake at all was debatable. But director Kimberly Peirce’s reworked portrayal of the tormented, high school outcast stands as relevant and as harrowing today.
Aside from the telekinetic abilities, this depiction of a young person being pushed beyond their limits may well be reminiscent of real life events. Much of the film’s effect relies on your empathy for Carrie as her abuse is the real horror here. This ultimately makes the bloody climax all the more intense and absorbing to experience.
It’s unlikely that this year’s offering will leave you disappointed, whether you’re a huge fan of the original Carrie movie or completely new to the story.
Personal Score: 3.5/5
My review of Powder Room, written for Rock’n’Reel Reviews.
Director: MJ Delaney
Men, if you’ve ever wondered why women take such a long time in the loo during a night out, then now’s your chance to observe all. Powder Room is a delightfully accurate portrayal of a typical night inside the ladies’ toilets of a London nightclub.
Director MJ Delaney’s début feature is an impressive adaptation of the stage play When Women Wee and depicts the chaos surrounding a group of young women during one night out. By casting an assembly of British acting talent, the film is propelled into excellence by way of their bold and varied performances.
Sheridan Smith takes the lead as likeable, down-to-earth Sam who finds herself torn between having fun with her three raucous best mates or suppressing herself and putting on a sophisticated front for her classier friend Michelle (and Michelle’s Parisian accomplice Jess). Delaney describes the character Sam as being “morally on the edge” due to her very questionable behaviour in succumbing to the pressure of Michelle and Jess’ higher expectations. Yet Smith’s heart-warming performance should just about keep you on this confused character’s side.
Expect puke, drugs, drama and uncompromising female representations. Thanks largely to heavy female participation both behind and in front of the camera, the film makes for a valuable and authentic perspective to be treasured, as well as an amusing portal into a women-only space. Powder Room demonstrates how nothing is more effective in grounding human existence than the basic need to pee, regardless of personal concerns, successes or status.
Personal Score: 4/5