Posted on 10/04/10 08:01 AM
Let me first start off by saying that I have regrettably not seen the original Swedish version, Let the Right One In, that this film is based on. I have heard great things about it, but haven?t been able to see it yet. When I saw that this version was coming out, I was cautious because it seemed like a quick turnaround for a remake, but from what I have heard this film follows very closely to the original.
This film exceeded my expectations, since there have been so many terrible remakes in the recent past. After so many cheesy vampire shows and movies that overdo the sex appeal and mortality of vampires, this one focuses on the truly disturbing details and implications of vampires, and does not disappoint those who have the patience to sit through a slower vampire movie.
The cinematography is very interesting, choosing to leave many details out of focus and therefore up to the imagination of the viewer. Also, an interesting aspect was that Owen?s mother was not clearly seen throughout the entire film, which symbolized how she was almost absent in his life, except when she called him for dinner, which is when she was shown the most clearly.
Moretz and Smit-McPhee carried the movie on their very capable young shoulders with superb performances by both. Moretz has played some very different roles for a child her age, and may need therapy when she grows up, but shows some tremendous promise in almost every film she is in. The characters progressed in such a way that it was easy to see how Owen makes the decisions he does, which is very crucial in making this film believable. Richard Jenkins played a great character as well (as always), being able to let his neurotic tendencies show through.
The pace of the film may be a draw back for some, but I thought it was just right. Matt Reeves, the director and writer, spaced out moments of sharp intensity with just the right amount of character development and story. Those looking for an in-your-face gore fest with prolonged action scenes will not find it here. But for those willing to wait 15 minutes for very satisfying moments of disturbing pay off, this is a film for you.
This is one of the darkest films I have seen in a while and I thought it was very well done and well directed by Matt Reeves. Unfortunately, it failed to succeed in the box office, which means that films like this will be less and less likely to be made. It is so depressing that terrible movies are, more often than not, rewarded monetarily for being enamel shells of cinematic nothing.