Hollywood’s attractive outcasts (the problem with the Carrie remake)

outcastsbannerAs you are probably aware, there is a remake of the 1976 film adaptation of Carrie, currently being filmed. I’m sure you also know that there was nothing wrong with the 1976 adaptation that warrants a remake and this is obviously a cash grab. And that doesn’t bother me really, at least, not as much as it used to. It happens so much nowadays that it’s made me become numb to the idea. What bothers me however is the choice of who should play Carrie: Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Carrie is an outcast. Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in the original film was brilliant not only because she is a great actress (Badlands is proof of that) but because she also looks a little odd herself. She’s not unattractive, but she has an appearance that would suggest that she’s isn’t the most popular girl in her school. Chloe Grace Moretz on the other hand is the opposite. She’s a very attractive girl and one could see her being one of the more popular girls in school. So it’s very difficult to believe that she’s some sort of outcast regardless of her backstory.

Moreover, this is a growing problem in Hollywood that I began to notice last year. Attractive people are being cast as outcasts. From Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) to Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man to Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), it’s a growing trend and it needs to stop. I liked all these films but it’s so difficult to believe in the characters when the actors themselves don’t match the character’s personality because of their appearance.

Matt.

Chinatown: Review

chinatownbannerChinatown is a film set briefly in Chinatown Los Angeles. Surprisingly, most of the film actually takes place outside of Chinatown Los Angeles, mainly regular Los Angeles. Nevertheless, Chinatown is an American neo-noir directed by a Polish-French guy called Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist) and is often cited as featuring one of the greatest screenplays ever written.

However, being extremely tired when I watched this, I feel that I need another more alert watch before I can begin to appreciate the brilliance of Robert Towne’s writing. Instead what truly stunned me was the Mise en Scene. Everything from the production design to the lighting was perfect and set the period 1930’s Los Angeles beautifully. Although we never really get a wide picture of the city, it still manages to feel alive and busy.

Aside from that, everything else met my expectations. Jack Nicholson acted fantastically as he always does. The European direction helped to give a darker side to the American dream and finally the music helped to shape the mood of the film. It’s a masterpiece but I wish I had more to say.

Matt.