I watched it too, and the ending irritated me to no end. Sue drives Carrie to Florida? After Carrie killed all of her friends? “It’s not your fault. It’s not ALL your fault,” Sue tells her.
Ms. Desjardin survives? One of the book’s points was that no one really liked Carrie. Even Ms. Desjardin laughed when the blood poured down at the prom.
Momma tries to drown Carrie? Was there a reason for this? Did they just think a knife was too violent, as opposed to drowning her like an unwanted kitten? They also left out Carrie’s creepy speech as she kills her mother: “I’m picturing your heart, Momma. It’s going slower. And slower. . . . And slower . . .”
Sue gives Carrie CPR? Sue gives Carrie CPR badly? No pushing on the back to expell the water? No pumping the heart? And just how long was Carrie underwater anyway?
Chris and Billy actually strike Carrie with the truck? Instead of Carrie sending it flying before it reached her, they had the truck fold around Carrie’s body like a wet dishrag before she hurled it to the side.
This Carrie, as opposed to Sissy Spacek’s seemed a bit retarded, litterally. I’m not sure I would have liked her, either. She was dull, slow, and had nothing to say, other than the one quip of “Well, if these two guys run off together, I’ll dance with you!” And for a girl who had been harassed by her classmates endlessly, she seemed to have no sarcasm detector. Even in the book, Carrie was a bit more lively.
Momma didn’t seem as whacky as in the Spacek version. Instead of maniacal, she seemed, well, affectionate and motherly in some scenes. Instead of rocking back and forth muttering prayers, she seemed calm and serene as she recited biblical outtakes.
I did like the general casting a bit better. At least the teens looked like teens in this one, whereas in the Spacek version, all of the girls looked like they were in their mid twenties.