To anyone who has children or is involved in education, the topic of bullying has been at the forefront of discussions regarding the emotional-social climate of a child’s academic experience. Whether your eyes glaze over reading this paragraph or you find yourself nodding in agreement or you’re just skipping to the next paragraph, my personal viewing experience of Carrie has evolved from “bystander,” watching King’s narrative of a secluded girl seeking revenge unfold, to someone who is moved to action to create a safe space so that nobody wants to enact revenge and nobody wants to hurt others to the point of self-mutilation or homicidal thoughts. I see kids attack each other’s vulnerabilities every day and even though I can’t stop every instance, I do what I can to diffuse the stereotype that school can be a social sharktank.
The ‘09 remake of Carrie has the advantage of sticking to the original storyline as well as elaborating the extent to which the eponymous character was bullied. It is set in modern times, so cell phones are used to record the infamous first scene and post it to social media. Unfortunately, it also means that we’ve gotta put up with crappy generic pop music during the prom scene. Even the slow song made me leave the room to refill drinks and get more popcorn.
|BRB -- I'm gonna throw up in the punch.|
This remake opens with White’s mother, portrayed hauntingly by Julianne Moore, giving birth in-home to her daughter. There is blood everywhere and she thinks she is going to die, until the moment when she hears Carrie’s first cries of life. Throughout the movie, as was seen in the original, blood is a force tantamount to water, capable of giving life or taking it. Both Carrie and her mother see it as a sign of imminent death and react as such.
|...but the effects did, uh, kick ass.|
|We won King and Queen! (Not really, they were only props.)|