Let Me In -Film Review
Let Me In
By Jessica Dwyer
Remakes get a bad rap. Very bad, and some of them deservedly so. Let Me In was one that had many strikes against it going in.
First of all it was a remake of what many consider one of the best vampire films of the last fifteen years or more. Secondly, the film that it was remaking was only a little over two years old. Third, it was a remake.
But then things started taking shape. The director was chosen, Matt Reeves, who had directed the amazingly cool Cloverfield was to helm the film as well as write it. Then the casting was started. Richard Jenkins who is one of the most underrated character actors around and Chloe Moretz were added to the list. Moretz is still riding high on her wave of Kick Ass fame and is turning out to be a major talent. Then Kodi Smit-McPhee who had co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in The Road was cast as Owen, the loner boy who befriends Moretz vampire.
For a remake it had a lot going for it. And as a fan of the original film and even more so of the book that started it all…I was leery yet hopeful.
Turns out Let Me In actually improves upon the original film. I actually like it better truthfully, so please don’t beat me senseless.
Reeves made changes to the story, changes that brings a far deeper emotional connection to the characters. His style and camera work is also amazing, with some scenes just cool to watch play out.
The acting was perfect with everything very reserved and silent, just like the film. It brought an added depth to the subject matter on many levels. Owen, the young boy, must suffer in silence all the things done to him at school because his world and his mother are already in turmoil. Abby must live in silence and be hidden due to what she is, just as the man known as “her father” must as he goes forth to get her food. All of this only adds to what happens when Abby’s bloodlust is let loose.
I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to see it. I’ll say that while many aspects of the film are the same plot wise, there have been changes and they are good changes I think. I’m sad to see this movie losing at the box office when it really shouldn’t be. I hope that word of mouth spreads and it gets its numbers up because it really is excellent. With what has happened to Hatchet 2, and Let Me In’s box office, horror is really get hit on the chin this October. I’m hopefully that that will change quickly…cause god knows Saw 3D won’t help us out.
Go see a good vampire film, go see Let Me In. Also, be sure to squee with glee when the Hammer logo shows up on the screen. It’s an awesome moment, at least for me who’s loved Hammer since they were younger than the leads in this movie.