As soon as I saw the trailer for this film I knew it was going to be something special, something different, and something amazing. I was right. 'Let the Right One In' was an incredibly great film. I had a feeling it was going to be a nice little indie gem film, what I didn't expect I's that it would become one of my favorite films of the year, but it made my list.
This is a Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. What made this movie so strong was its unique story and characters. Who cares that it was made on a low budget, this story was told incredibly well. A movie like this doesn't need huge special effects to sell the audience on the world that has been created. This film is perfect as is.
This charming movie is about a boy by the name of Oscar who obviously has self-esteem problems, and is repeatedly bullied at school. The movie starts out with him in his room with a knife stabbing the air as if there was a person standing there. There is an adorable 12-year-old girl named Eli that ends up moving in to the apartment next to Oscar. She is a bit peculiar, but Oscar likes that about her. These two characters form a strong bond with each other. There are a string of strange killings in the area, and Oscar discovers that his newfound friend is really a vampire.
This movie is full of great little subtleties that I have not yet seen in a movie about vampires before. This is such an original take on the genre. The sounds the vampire makes are a perfect example. The way they live to survive. The style and tone of the movie are amazing.
The acting was incredible! The two kids that were cast were simply amazing. Kare Hedebrant as Oscar and Lina Leandersson as Eli had such a strong connection in the movie. The chemistry between these two characters was like lightning. Two of the best performances I have seen all year. You wont see either of them get nominated for an Academy Award, but they should be.
‘Let the Right One In' had a big impact on my emotions as well. I really liked these characters and they would get in these situations and my emotions would start burning inside me. There were points when I really felt a sense of danger, excitement, and anger.
If you don't like horror films, vampire movies, or foreign films please don't let these things stop you from watching this movie! This is a very human story about two outcasts that are brought together by the miserable lives they live. They become each others strength.
If you get a chance to see this movie, if you are lucky enough to have it playing in a theater near you then you must take the opportunity to go and watch this film!
Whatever you choose to see always remember to enjoy you time at the movies.