I liked the original Carrie for the story, and of course for John Travolta, but I didn't like the effects, or the kind-of-dumb "fire hose as a weapon" thing. This modern version certainly delivers on the effects, but not on the missing Travolta. All of the characters in this movie besides Carrie and her teacher are quite forgettable. I suggest you watch both movies and get the full benefits from both! Also, Chloe Grace Moretz is far far too gorgeous for this character, although her spooky look and gestures at the end seem appropriate. She acted this role perfectly, as did the teacher character. The rest? Heh!