Friday, January 21, 2011

Let the Right One In (2008)

Oskar is ignored at home and bullied at school, but he soon finds a friend in his new neighbor next door. Eli is strange and distant at first, but as the two grow closer, she reveals that she is a young vampiress who must consume blood to survive. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is Tomas Alfredson's beautiful and captivating adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's best-selling novel. It incorporates the coming of age theme with a budding romance, while molding the classic vampire mythos into something wholly original. Alfredson's restrained shooting style is subtle but extremely effective. By paring down the color palette to a collection of cool blues and grays, he not only emphasizes the frigid surroundings, but also Eli and Oskar's icy dispositions leading up to their friendship. He then contrasts the bleak coloring with saturated reds as a form of foreshadowing. Rather than simply relying on computerized imaging to display her powers, Eli's supernatural abilities are implied just off screen in a number of cleverly crafted shots. A review of the film would mean nothing without mentioning the moving performances by Lina Leandersson and Kåre Hedebrant as the two young leads. Because the majority of the picture is spent following their growing relationship, the more horrific moments become that much more shocking and unexpected. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN defies each of the recent trends in Horror by focusing on its compelling characters and touching love story over excessive amounts of gore and violence.

Rating: 10/10.

If you liked LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, check out:
MARTIN, SHADOWLAND, NEAR DARK.

9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you gave it a perfect 10. Couldn't agree more.

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  2. Here is the thing TS, if LET THE RIGHT ONE IN couldn't be considered a 10, how could any film hope to earn a perfect score in a film review? I will never understand IMDb's rating system, because it makes it impossible for a film to receive a perfect score. Why base the scoring system on a scale of 1-10 then? I rate backwards, and take away points when a film is lacking in one or more categories, and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN lacks nothing. Awesome movie, and a breath of fresh air that the genre needed so badly!

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  3. The IMDB is flawed in many many ways. I choose to read the way movies are scored on a curve. I pretty much see things rated as 8.0+ as equating to a 10.

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  4. Great movie. Like you, I just love the story. What I liked about this one compared with the remake is that there were no bad CGI effects. Even though I really liked the remake as well, that was one thing that bothered me.

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  5. Renewed my faith in horror films with one movie.....that is worth....a .........lot. A whole lot. And I think snow is a perfect setting for a horror movie....they read my mind!

    Brilliant.

    Cheers!

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  6. I thought Reeves was very respectful, and although I didnt like the CG additions either, at least they were kept to a minimal. Froggie - its like the two of you were made for each other =D

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  7. This is a clever art film masquerading as a genre piece. I like the way it uses (and subverts) the conventions of the vampire film in order to explore themes of alienation, isolation, peer pressure, and bullying. This isn't a horror film at all, but LET ME IN is a horror film. A comparison between the two is vert instructive in highlighting exactly what constitues a modern horror film.

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  8. totally agree, I gave it a 10/10 rating too. This movie is simply excellent

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