Posted by Danny at 1:03 AMLabels: Look What Danny Watched, Project Horror
I loved this movie. Not as a horror movie, not as a vampire movie, but just as a really fantastic story. It's not only the best movie I've watched this month, but one of the best all year. With half a month left to go in Project Horror, the bar has now been set pretty high!
Let the Right One In is the story of a 12 year old boy named Oskar, who lives in an apartment with his mother. He's lonely, bullied by other boys at his school, and struggling with his own identity. When a girl named Eli moves in next door, they begin a tentative friendship which gradually grows more and more important to each of them. She encourages him to fight back against the bullies, and he finds that she has some similar interests to his. As their relationship deepens, Oskar learns more about Eli - as she puts it, she's "been 12 for a very long time."
What I loved about this movie was that in spite of the fact that Eli is a vampire, the movie really isn't about that. It's about the sweetness of the relationship between Oskar and Eli. There were so many wonderful little touches, as well. Watch her eyes throughout the movie - although it never calls attention to them, they change based on her moods and needs. The movie perfectly captures the tone of so many moments. When Oskar walks home by himself, surrounded by snow drifts, I really felt his loneliness. When he asked Eli to go steady, I felt just like I did when I was 12 and nursing my first serious crush on A_____ M_____ (name redacted to protect the innocent). When he was trying to avoid the notice of the bullies, I felt like I did in fifth grade when I was tormented by a horrid little turd named P__ W________ (name redacted because he's probably still a horrid little turd).
I recommend this movie to anybody, even people who don't normally enjoy horror movies. I give it five Rubik's Cubes out of five.
Tonight was Kids Night Out at church, and Courtney is working overnight at the hospital, so I got the chance to go and watch Let Me In on my own. Didn't have to share my popcorn and Icee with anybody! Actually, that's not a good thing, because I bought a large popcorn. That bucket was bigger than my head. Have you seen my head? It's fucking huge! Ooh, also there was a great preview for a movie coming out in November, called Skyline.
I don't have anything to back this up with, but I think that in cases where you experience copies of the same work, whether it's a remake of a movie or a cover of a song, you generally tend to prefer the one that you were exposed to first. I won't embarrass anybody by naming names, but somebody close to me still maintains that Motley Crue's "Anarchy in the USA" is a better song than the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK," and I'm pretty sure it's because that's the one he heard first. All of that is to say that I did slightly prefer the original movie, but I really think that it's because I saw it first, because Let Me In was excellent.
There are some slight differences, but nothing that steers the plot from the original. In fact, most of the dialog is even the same. Two differences particularly interested me. One was that although you do see Owen's (the boy in this movie) mother, you never see her face. She's an impersonal entity in his life, not involved with him. The other was in Chloe Moretz's portrayal of Abby (the vampire). Perhaps it was my imagination, but she seemed to play the character with a more "knowing" personality than the actress in the original.
And let's talk about Chloe Moretz for a minute. She is fantastic. Watch for her, because she's got real talent. I'm hoping she has parents and managers who will steer her more along a Julia Stiles path and not along a Lindsay Lohan one.
Let Me In was really enjoyable. It would have stood well on its own, but was fun as part of my double feature, too. I give it five Now & Laters out of five.
This brings us to the end of the Foreign Horror block! Tomorrow begins five days of the Occult & Supernatural.