Film Review: Carrie (2013)

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

Film Review: Don Jon

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Expectations around sex and relationships are what is explored in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bold first attempt at writing and directing. More specifically, Don Jon deals with society’s growing acceptance of hardcore porn, personified through Gordon-Levitt’s likeable lead character Jon.

Jon’s relationship with, or rather – addiction to, porn governs his journey. It’s established from the outset that the porn he consumes plays a significant part in his perception of the ‘ideal’, along with his well maintained body, car, pad, church, family and social life. Yet it emerges that his sexuality is so invested in the virtual world, that his actual real-life experiences are continually left wanting. Even with Barbara (Johansson), the apparent girl of his dreams, the sex doesn’t fulfil him the way he had hoped for.

There’s no doubt that Gordon-Levitt’s début will jar viewers into considering their own habits and modern methods of consumption, just as we see Jon undergo in the latter half to an unexpected and uplifting outcome.

Personal Score: 3/5

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