It would seem LTROI has managed to captivate quite a few moviegoers everywhere & has enthralled it's audiences which amazes me. I actually was quite stoked about the idea of a really cool vampire flick which seemed to do so well with both audiences or critics alike & was even hoping to catch it on the big scream last year. Boy, I was in for quite a shock. This one is basically a snoozer & it took me three consecutive attempts to watch it all the way through.
Don't get me wrong. The film is certainly ok as far as artsy films go or just average Horror films go but I've seen much better in days gone by. As far as vampire movies are concerned, this may be one of the better recent ones but what do we really have to compare it to? Surely not Twilight which for some reason unbeknownst to me I actually find more entertaining. Eek.
Perhaps LTROI just doesn't cover enough new territory or seems rather ridiculous when it re-visits old themes which have been ardently defended in thousands of other films. We've all seen atleast one teenage angst movie in our times where the kid is bullied to a breaking point & must eventually retaliate or suffer horrendously. This theme is well worn out & simply re-visiting this road again seems rather futile.
The cinematography? The scenes are ok in any book I suppose but most take place at night so what are we supposed to be looking for here? When Oskar initially meets his young friend, he can only meet her at nite outside their apartment building in the snow. Sorry but I failed to see anything amazing here either. Winter films can be extremely attractive but only in fleeting moments do we get a look at something besides gutteral darkness or pitch black skies with snow-filled playgrounds. For the first few times I tried to watch the film, I found my eyelids growing pretty heavy in these scenes.
Love themes have always done fairly well in mainstream cinema & probability suggests will always lure unsuspecting crowds to the mulitplex but I'm not very touched here at all. Much of the dialogue seems very awkward & even a bit forced. Again, I really hate to admit this but Twilight might actually have the upper hand on building more tension or jerking unexpected emotions from it's viewers.
I find very little here to get excited about nor anything much to delight the eyes in the annal of fantastic cinema. It's actually downright pathetic when an arthouse or foreign film can't even begin to rank with a bubble gum teeny bopper film.
The special effects? Ehh. I don't get this either. Much of it looks like something out of an average eighties film & even reminds me of second ranked Stephen King material although I prefer King. Yikes!! There are a couple of semi-clever moments here such as the recently changed woman who is attacked by a mob of cats in a hilarious & unforgettable montage. Aside from that, the majority of the murders aren't too spectacular nor could much of the film be construed as gruesome.
Overall opinion? Skip purchasing this one & hold out for something else. Rent it if you must. I wasted $15 thinking this would be the highlight of the year but am highly disappointed. Perhaps repeated viewings of the film may change my mind over a period of time but I don't think so.
**** out of **** Even if "Twilight" seems to be most popular when it comes to Vampires in any form of media, it's good to get a nice, big breath of fresh air. And for me, that refreshing, long breathe was "Let the Right One In"; which by all means is the best Vampire movie since probably "Vampyr", "Nosferatu", and Herzog's remake. This is a moving, artistic, and powerful film that does not succeed because it is about vampires; but rather because it is sweet, tender, and even … more
In a small community in what appears to be in Sweden, a 12 year old by the name of Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is going through some trouble in his life. Things change when he meets a 12 year old girl by the name of Eli (Lina Leandersson). The two become fast friends and eventually they form a bond, however, unknown to Oskar, there's more to Eli than he realizes. -summary For the past 8 years or so, Europe has been surprising me and at the same time impressing … more
This is not a book for the faint of heart. No sexy Edward Cullen here. No vamps who are actually nice guys and no good girl heroes either. In fact, this vampire isn't even sexual. The novel is not particularly clear on this point, but I deduce that Eli, the vampire, was once a human boy. Now s/he sometimes appears to be a boy and other times a girl. There is no sex and certainly no love. Couple this old school vampire with a cast of unappealing human characters: an alienated … more
I hate vampire movies. I think we have reached the Vampire Event Horizon--one more vampire movie and all of movie-hood will be sucked into the black hole. That said, I liked this movie that just happened to have a vampire in it. This is a story of friendship and protection, not lust and sex. So if you want that kind of vampire movie, there are 180,097 x10 to the 35 vampire movies to choose from (which means that every atom in the universe has 5 vampire movies attached to it. I'm not kidding about … more
Ooowie...really creepy. Not so scary - but creepy creepy creepy. Just how does a twelve year old girl vampire survive? What seduction skills has she learned, and how does she draw a new fly into her web? Let the Right One In might be the best vampire movie I've ever seen, despite the revenge scene that seems to belong to another movie as it clashes against the small and careful character of the rest of the movie.
I have always had a strong fondness for vampire films. Honestly, much of the vampire films these days are full of cliché and while most of them does attempt at something original, they all have one common denominator; to induce HORROR. Well, Sweden seems to have mastered an original take on the vampire lore and yes, this film has been marked to be "Americanized" very soon. "Let the Right One In" is a film adapted from the novel and written for … more
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) CAPSULE: With marked similarities to CARRIE, this is a Swedish vampire film. Oskar, the most bullied boy in school, makes friends with a girl who appears to be his own age, but is somehow different. The somehow is that she is a vampire, living a life as isolated in her way as Oskar is in his. The two form a bond against a background of vampire-related killings. In spite of the fantasy motif this is a serious … more
The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. InLet the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson's carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBO’sTrue Bloodor Catherine Hardwicke’sTwilight(both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) enter into a deadly form of puppy love. The product of divorce, Oskar lives with his harried mother, while his new neighbor resides with a mystery man named Håkan (Per Ragnar), who takes care of her unique dietary needs. From the wintery moment in 1982 that the lonely, towheaded boy spots the strange, dark-haired girl skulking around their outer-Stockholm tenement, he senses a kindred spirit. They bond, innocently enough, over a Rubik's Cube, but little does Oskar realize that Eli has been 12 for a very long time. Meanwhile, at school, bullies torment the pale and morbid student mercilessly. Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar doesn't just learn how to defend himself, but to become a sort of predator himself, begging the question as to whether Eli really exists or whether she represents a manifestation of his pent-up anger and resentment. Naturally, the international success of Lindqvist's fifth feature, like Norway's chillingInsomniabefore it, has ...