Let the Right One In Reviews
Slowly paced and atmospheric, this is not a typical vampire film. The children provide an interesting take on the vampire genre, and there is more than enough creepy scenes that might please a horror fanatic.
However, the film's pace was often too slow for me, and the exposition was too long. Also, I thought the school bullies were unrealistically sadistic. They seemed like the adult sociopaths whom I've tired of in movies of this ilk.
Overall, I liked Let the Right One In and am generally impressed by Swedish cinema, but I can't say that I was in the film's thrall, so to speak.
Two fantastic child leads and the storyline came across more like a genuine murder tale.
Slightly stretched out in parts, but most certainly worth the watch. The accompanying music is simply beautiful.
It's a much more methodically paced thriller that slowly but smartly eases tension that is to be found in only a few films nowadays. And when it gets tense, man, you're freezing up. "Let the Right One In" is masterfully directed; it does everything right -- whether it's the Stanley Kubrick-esque style of cinematography to the perfect pacing to the melancholy magic between the two main characters, this is what films are all about. The two lead characters deserve a standing ovation -- it's not only the tone that the movie gives off that accentuates the actors' performances or the great screenplay, but it simply comes down to the superb acting that makes their chemistry so unique.
There are some wildly outstanding scenes that deserve recognition for it rivals with masterpieces. I loved how the movie is grounded in realism and how though its premise is mysterious in the universe it's placed in, it doesn't reveal too much. It's focus is on the relationship.
As you can tell, I absolutely loved this movie. It is superb on every level -- technically and emotionally. "Let the Right One In" is an exceptional film that rightfully deserves the praise its been getting for everything within it is masterfully crafted to perfection.
Having enjoyed the remake more is not to say that the original didn't have it's own little set of merits
It's definitely less engaging than the remake with more respectable pacing but the most notable difference between the two films was the antagonist, whom in the Swedish original witnessed the death of two close friends before making his way to exact vengeance on the "viscous" little girl. Lacke then becomes the embodiment of justice and conflict that is a result of her monstrous existence.
However, I feel that his additional journey, dimension as a character and subsequent death sends a moral message that's overly provoking with no consequence, not only that but deters from the films core protagonists and their relationship. Something that the remake streamlines, focuses and even builds upon further.
Also, for a 2008 film the horror and suspense was awfully stilted and even felt dated with no real play on lighting or camera dynamics for additional atmosphere. Simply put, it wasn't very frightening visually and as a horror movie... that's kind of a problem.
Excellent performances, even from the two leading child actors. Great mood and atmosphere, and a great musical score! Great foreign film...I wonder how the American version is?
More unique storytelling and less vampire attacks, Let The Right One In is one of the best vampire movies ever made.
Twelve year old Oskar is person who is bullied in school. He has no friends, always getting picked on by Connoy and his gang, and has to deal with the separation of his parents. But when a girl named Eli comes around, his life changes for the better and worse. Unknown to Oskar, Eli is a twelve year old vampire who, on some occasions, feeds upon humans. When she is full, she helps Oskar overcome the bullies of his school.
Let The Right One In is more of a romance than a horror film. This film is about the bond between vampire and human and how together they do hurtful things without feeling bad about themselves. The unique story is definitely the movie's strong point. The movie doesn't have to depend on the murders like other vampire films (The Blade Trilogy, Dracula to name a couple) but actually flows through this relationship that is rare in any vampire movie. Now this movie can be gory and freaky in some instances. The murders, while violent, aren't really gory; in fact, some bloody scenes come when you least expect them.
Let The Right One In is the best vampire movie I have seen. It doesn't have to rely on buckets of gore but gives the viewer something special. The tale between a human and a vampire is beautiful in it's dark and romantic ways. Don't let the subtitles fool you as this is a foreign film. Do not expect a lot of violence or blood but instead, enjoy this unique vampire film.
While yes, this is a "vampire" film, it's not really a vampire film in a typical sense. It's more like a romantic study of loneliness, friendship, and the pains of adolescence, with some occasional gruesomeness. Think of vampirism as more of a metaphor. Is this a horror film? Only in an unconventional sense. As with the vampire connection, look at it as more of a drama with some moments of intensity.
Atmosphere, mood, and tone are the real stars here. This is a quiet, small, and brooding film. The Swedish setting fits vibe perfectly. I loved the look and the camera work here. While this film is okay to watch anytime, it works best if you watch it on a cold, dark, and eerie winter day- it really heightens the mood.
The performances are wonderful. I loved the subtlety and the quiet, odd chemistry between the two leads. This is an odd film, yet the logic here works. Oskar thinks nothing of issues that others might. For him, the world is no longer surprising, and he's able to tolerate or accept things as they are..well, everything accept for bullies, but that's a different matter. Lina Leandersson plays Eli with just the right amount of coldness and mystery. Again, subtlety is key. They could have gone for a super emo/brooding thing here, or a super sensual vibe, but they nicely play it as Eli being mostly regular with just a touch of difference (the difference being a big deal, but handled as if it wasn't).
Give this one a chance. It is a smartly executed, stunning, and absorbing story that also does a nice job of tweaking well-worn territory.