11 July 2011
I finally saw this other version of John Avjide Linqvist’s vampire novel entitled Let Me In despite the swedish film and novel’s title Let The Right One In. It’s made in Hollywood but I’m surprised to find that it did not fail as a true horror film that can be rightfully compared to the novel. Of course, except for the fact that the real century old vampire kid’s sexuality which was originally a young boy who sort of acts and looks like a girl. For some reasons I could not find online, both films stuck with just allowing Eli/Abby as a young vampire girl.
Anyway, I was watching this under a very sticky weather which seemed perfect since the film’s mood was all gloomy and snowy. Directed by Matt Reeves, the dude responsible for the docu-apocalyptic film Cloverfield and co-creator of the series Felicity. Yeah, Felicity. This film stars upcoming teen stars Chloe Morets Grace (500 days of summer, Kick-ass, and a guest starring in this season of 30Rock), Kodi Smith- McPhee (The Road) and the man who would most likely portray as my grandad in one of my films in the future, Richard Jenkins ( he played Ben Stiller’s creepy psychiatrist in There’s Something About Mary).
Don’t worry Purists, I’ve seen the Swedish film version of this and I wasn’t the least disappointed with this one. It starts as a young boy named Owen has less hopes of ever getting past bullies at his school. His parents undergo a divorce and his hobbies include snooping at his neighbors using his telescope, much like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window except Stewart’s telescope is way too cooler.
One day a new neighbor arrives and he notices a young girl who seems to be the same age as he. He tries to befriend her despite her warning that they cannot be friends. As the story progresses, we find out that Abby is actually a centuries old vampire stuck in a young girl’s body and her relationship with the man she lives with isn’t exactly like that of a father and daughter thing. Owen on the other hand not only struggles with the bullies at school but also with his parent’s depleting relationship. As bullies are shred to pieces and nosy police officers are being slaughtered like a piece of marshmallow handed over to a very hungry toddler, Owen and Abby are inseparable. Probably up until another century for Abbie, or at least a couple more decades for Owen.