Thursday, 29 December 2011

Let Me In (2010)

At a glance:
Great news for anyone who has ever seen the fabulously seductive revisionist vampire flick Let The Right One In a.k.a. Låt Den Rätte Komma In (2008) – this is ONE Hollywood remake that we CAN approve of! Let Me In is in many ways the thinkin man’s R-rated vampire movie, dealin with the more desperate and tragic aspects of the folklore. As one famous reviewer wrote: “It’s not all fun, games and Team Edward”. Here, there’s a winsome combination of romance, drama and horror. It is what many would who have seen the Swedish original would call a tender, appropriate and most acceptable remake.
Bad news on the doorstep:
Can't think of any.
Perennial wonderment:
Why is it so hard to come across acceptable Hollywood remakes? In what must be a labour of love for writer-director Matt Reeves, Let Me In follows the Swedish modern classic closely in terms of texture and direction. All the important scenes are skillfully retained and we have two very able child actors in Kodi Smit-McPhee (Viggo Mortensen’s kid in 2009’s The Road and Eric Bana’s kid in 2007’s Romulus, My Father) and Chloë Grace Moretz (the foul-mouthed Hit-Girl from 2010’s Kick-Ass). Smit-McPhee looks very comfortable playin the frail, bullied boy who finds an unlikely friend in Moretz’ completely conflicted vampire character. There are intentionally restrained roles by Richard Jenkins as the vampire girl’s guardian and also Elias Koteas as a stern cop with many murder cases to solve.
Reminds me of:
Near Dark (1987).
Most memorable line:
"I don't really get cold."
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Polished and wonderfully scored, Let Me In is much more than just a spookfest and you’ll find rich themes of friendship, sacrifice and redemption – even sexual frustration and family dysfunction. Avoid readin more details about the movie from anywhere else. This definitely cut it as one of the most rewardin watches from 2010.