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Let Me In

January 23, 2011

untitledDirector: Matt Reeves 
Writer: Matt Reeves
Based on the novel by: John Ajvide Lindqvist 
Producer: Simon Oakes/Guy East/Nigel Sinclair/Donna Gigliotti/John Nordling/Carl Molinder 
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee/Chloe Grace Moretz/Elias Koteas/Richard Jenkins
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 116 minutes

One of my favourite movies is Swedish love-horror story Let The Right One In and so when I heard that Hollywood were remaking the movie, I didn’t have high hopes at all. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Let Me In stuck to the original story as well as adding parts of it’s own that worked. Let Me In is about a bullied young boy who befriends a young girl who holds a terrible and evil secret. Although the movie looks and seems like a horror movie, it’s firstly a romantic story telling how two completely different people fall in love and then it’s a horror bordering on a thriller. Many people may think that Let Me In is just a horror version of Twilight but they would be gravely mistaken if that thought had crossed their minds as Let Me In is much more superior overall. The main characters, Owen and Abby, were really intriguing and, just like in the original, you could really feel the emotions of the characters and you cared so much for them. You could see the love, frustration and loneliness in the characters. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz were both fantastic as Owen and Abby and there is not a fault with their performance as their characters.

Let Me In was written and directed by Matt Reeves and he has done a terrific job in making this remake work. Everything that was loved about Let The Right One In is shown in Let Me In as well as adding little bits to the story and they worked. The script worked very well with the movie and the pacing was near enough perfect from Owen and Abby first meeting each other to them getting to know each other more as the days go by. Let Me In is one of those very rare remakes that actually sticks to the original and is done brilliantly but the only problem I have with the movie is that it’s pretty much pointless.

Was there really any need to remake this movie when everything is more or less exactly the same? The only thing that is different is the character’s names and a couple of parts in the story but even so, the original is superb and it baffles me why a remake was made. Why fix something that’s already perfect? However, if you liked the original then you will like this just as much. For those who have seen neither, I would suggest you watch Let The Right One In before watching Let Me In. I prefer Let The Right One In but Let Me In is just as great and just as chilling and haunting.


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