Hollywood’s take on a modern-day classic (Let the Right One In) may have raised the hackles of many a film lover, but what really is the deal with Let Me In? Our guest ‘pen smith’ Mystic Snow dissects the film and gives their opinion.
The Players | [wikipop]Kodi-Smit Mcphee[/wikipop], [wikipop]Chloe Moretz[/wikipop], [wikipop]Richard Jenkins [/wikipop]and [wikipop]Matt Reeves[/wikipop] (Director)
Let me start off by saying that when I heard Hollywood was about to remake Let The Right One In my immediate thoughts were Why Lord?! Why?! That said, Director Matt Reeves ([wikipop]The Yards[/wikipop]) has stuck as close as possible to the Swedish original and – let’s face it – that was a true masterpiece.
It’s the story of Owen (Smit-Mcphee) a shy, lonely, socially inept young boy who befriends Abby (Moretz) a 15-year-old girl who only comes out to play at night, doesn’t feel the cold, doesn’t eat unless it’s blood and cannot enter a house unless invited. Abby has been 15 for 200 years and is a vampire.
Owen is being bullied at school and Abby encourages him to stand up for himself and fight back. She offers to help him which she eventually does as only a vampire can. The bleak New Mexico setting in Matt Reeves’ film does a good job at conveying the subtly terrifying sense of impending jeopardy about to be unleashed.
Screen chemistry is an unpreditable thing but Mcphee and Moretz have it in abundance. There is something quite endearing about Owen and Abby’s bond despite the feeling of malevolence seeping from Abby.
Ultimately, this film divides opinion in true [wikipop]Marmite[/wikipop] style. Yea or Nay. I liked it but I would also recommend watching the original.[amazon_image id=”B004DCAD9E” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Let Me In [Blu-ray][/amazon_image]