Vampires are the new “it” thing in pop culture. And I know people are thinking of “Let Me In” as just another vampire. Well, it is not just another vampire movie. It’s way more.
“Let Me In” is about 12 year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and how he develops a friendship with a vampire girl, Abby (Chloe Moretz). Owen is severely bullied at school. As his sole confidant, Abby helps to give him the courage to stand up for himself. As we have seen in other vampire movies, striking up any sort of relationship with a vampire is not easy.
Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) brings this story to America from Sweden. Many of you may have already seen or at least heard of the original version, “Let the Right One In.” Reeves hardly changes anything; the biggest change is moving the setting to a snowy New Mexico. (Yes, it does snow in New Mexico.) He manages to capture the same kind of eeriness the original gave off. I particularly liked how he chose not to let the audience see Owen’s mother’s face clearly. It helped show just how disconnected Owen was from his parents and everyone else, besides Abby. You’ll understand how effective and necessary it is for the audience to understand that by the end of the film.
Kodi Smit-McPhee does remarkably as Owen. Once again, Chloe Moretz impresses us with this performance. She is definitely a young actress who is here to stay. Richard Jenkins is perfect for his role as Abby’s guardian. (Finally, I am happy that Jenkins is beginning to get recognition that he deserves.)
Suspenseful, intriguing, and entertaining, “Let Me In” is one of the best horror films out there. Don’t miss it. (Don’t forget to check your back seats.)
You better let her in.
“Let Me In” was better than what I had expected. You know how sometimes remakes end up bad? This is not the case. Chlöe Moretz does an amazing job by portraying Abby. She shows that she can be both a sweet girl and a dangerous vampire.
I think what I liked the most about the movie was the suspense. It was killing me literally, but I loved not knowing what to expect of this mysterious vampire girl. Talking about vampires, I loved that this movie is not trying to copy Twilight, True Blood or other well-known vampire franchises out there. Instead, “Let Me In” stands on its own, and shows how really evil and thirsty vampires can be and how they can convince humans to do what they please.
I can now say proudly that “Let Me In” has me paranoid of the backseat of my car and that I’m totally aware now that apparently it snows heavily in New Mexico in March. Just sayin’ lol.
“Let Me In” will be in theaters October 1st.