52- Let Me In [7.5]
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
Having loved the original Swedish film Let The Right One In, I brought a lot into seeing Let Me In. Comparisons would be inevitable and I grappled with considering some often asked questions in regards to remakes– is there a necessity to this film being made and does it add anything to the original?
I don’t know that Let Me In really needed to be made, what with the Swedish original being widely available for DVD purchase or viewing. (If you are so oppose to subtitles that you can’t watch a film, than you are sorely missing out on a ton of excellent cinema). I believe that overall, Let The Right One In is a superior film; however, Let Me In is fantastic in its own right, and succeeds in areas that the original hadn’t. My rating for the film isn’t influenced by this point, but I have to hand it to Matt Reeves and Hammer Films for not watering down and making a standard Hollywood remake when they easily could have.
One of the many things that made Let The Right One In so special was its two young leads. Let Me In is no exception– Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) are just as excellent as Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson, adding new dimensions to their respective characters. Depending on whether or not you appreciate a remake making nods to an original will largely shape your experience, as there are some shots that are near identical to Let The Right One In. In fact, the lighting and sets are remarkably similar to the original as well. Both films share one flaw together– awful CGI. I didn’t care for the blurring out of Owen’s mothers face, and some of the other unsubtle visual cues. Michael Giacchino’s score got overbearing at times, but was most effective in some of the quieter scenes.
If someone were to ask me which of the two films I’d recommend, I would say both, and that’s perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Let Me In. Then again, you could always go ahead and read the book on which both movies were based on.