WHITE, CARRIE (old and new)
The King is a very accomplished man. I wonder if his most enduring story will be "Carrie, " the amazingly operatic American Gothic tragedy. Don't we see its themes play out to this day, sadly enough, on the news? Rabid fundamentalism, bullying, the tragic consequences of school violence?
It seems to me film executives are desperate to remake it and think "the kids" are unable to relate to something in the 1970's with no cellphones or internet. I'd love to know for sure if teens today (DAMN KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!) are somehow incapable of connecting with DePalma's incredible film adaptation of the story.
There was in 2002 a made for TV remake, starring Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson. Emptionally empty, I didn't care for it, especially the ending which I DON'T MIND SPOILING because it was a silly setup for a "Carrie The Series" that thankfully never saw the light of day: Carrie lives, she and Sue Snell drive off and umm, become fugitives from the law and... fight crime? Become waitresses in a Mexican resort? Who knows.
As you may know, a remake is soon to come out. I will go see it. From what I understand, it will have a narrative structure similar to the novel (articles, Congressional testimony, news excerpts, and Carrie's POV). I wonder if Chloe Grace Moretz will be able to hit the same notes of outcast sympathy that Sissy Spacek did? Julianne Moore will playMargaret White's mom, and I cannot wait for that.
On that last point - you can argue who the true villain of Carrie is: the telekinetic prom queen? The rotten mean girls? Or Carrie's unbalanced Fundamentalist monster of a mom? Slate recently had a piece on the new musical production of Carrie titled "Margaret White was Right":
"In the fascinating new musical revival of Carrie, however, we finally get a fair take on Margaret White. Marin Mazzie, who plays Margaret, rejects the easy caricature of her as an unthinking zealot, and delivers a complex portrait of a mother who is passionate, well-intentioned, and tragically flawed."
And I just don't know ... I suppose artistically it's a good idea? Right? But to me, it's like a nuanced portrayal of Leatherface or something. I really feel that Margaret White should be a one-dimensional monster for the story to work and the point to come across, and this is not because I have hostility towards religion (I do towards fundamentalism inserted into the laws of my country). Thoughts?