This remake of 'Carrie' has modest ambitions, but I'll happily bump it one star for Chloe Grace Moretz's burning rage. The ending is too overblown, I'm not sure if Portia Doubleday's portrayal of Chris works ( too bad, because I've liked her in everything), but Ansel Elgort and CGM have great chemistry (and that's why we have November Criminals). If you wanna see a similar film with big ambitions, see 'Thelma'.
This Carrie has nearly every scene that has made 1976 the sole King adaptation masterpiece, but lacks its deeper dramatic resonance due to Kimberly Peirce’s large mishandling of these same scenes that are melodramatic at best, and mainly, hilariously tone-deaf at worst. Drab shot composition and unrefined editing choices also kill the suspense and tension, showing directors are as important as the story being told.
The original Carrie is a classic and much better than this. And no one in their right mind would ever think it was in need of a remake. This was nothing but a pointless money grab made by creatively bankrupt studios who thought they had a pre-sold franchise. But if you are willing to set all that aside and just watch this one without any kind of prejudice, you might find it satisfying in it's own right.