Let Me In (2010)

Owen is a lonely boy who is constantly bullied in school. One night he befriends a girl who has just moved in next door, and as they spend more time together he notices that she is different… Hey, wait a minute… this sounds familiar!  That’s because Let Me In is pretty much a shot for shot remake of a Norwegian movie called Let the Right One In (see the plot summary and our review here).  The style in which the US version is made is a bit different: while both films take place in the early 80’s, the US version does a bit better job at making the film feel dated.When Abby (Chloe Moretz) vamps out you can clearly tell that is what she is, where that wasn’t so evident in the version from Norway.  This version is a bit more graphic and gory that the other, which was purely character driven.  This is a vampire movie where vampires aren’t the main focus of the movie, but rather two people who feel totally isolated coming together and being something more than they could ever be apart.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the original version, but I also liked seeing a Hollywood spin put on it with the addition of a very 1980’s small town America.  It was tweeked for us Yankees to get a little bit more out of it, but it doesn’t take away or add anything to the Norwegian version.  It is pretty much the same film, but our version cost more than 5 times what theirs did for the exact same results.  Studios try to cash in on successful foreign movies, but sometimes they just remake the exact same thing  in English (see the remake of [Rec] into Quarantine), and it seems like a waste of money.  You have a perfectly good movie in the first place, there is no need to do it over and potentially screw up a good thing.  I know most people don’t want sub-titles, but it won’t kill you to read once in a while.  OK, all done with that rant.  The CG in this movie, I thought, was extremely poor; they tried to make Abby move like no human would, and they succeeded there, but she always looked so jerky when she was in vampire mode.  The main boy did a really good job at conveying all of the emotions his character goes through, and Chloe Moretz is great (not Hit Girl great, but still pretty darn good); as long as she can stay off that blow, she has a long and great career ahead of her.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim’s Thoughts:  This remake is one of the best I have seen, but it still doesn’t touch the original. The visual effects are not great all the time, and I found that a bit jarring. What they do perfectly is cast this movie. The child actors are great, and it really captures the tone and mood of the original. That being said, the amazing ending is a bit over done, lacking the subtleties that make the original so great. Still and excellent film, but Let the Right One In is still much better. Tim Rates This Movie 8/10

“I’m twelve. But… I’ve been twelve for a very long time.”

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