Let Me In Movie Review – In A Word – Engaging

by on October 1, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

LET ME IN Promo Art

Let Me In was a wonderfully slow movie set in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1983. It kept me riveted with the mere power of the story, the characters and atmosphere of this American adaptation of Let The Right One In. It sticks to some of the classic vampire lore while showing a bit more of the feral nature of the legend. It touches on young infactuation between unlikely peers.

Let Me In is written and directed by Matt Reeves & stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and Chloe Grace Moretz as Abby. Richard Jenkins plays “the Father” & Cara Buono plays Owen’s mother. Almost as important as the director and stars, is the cinematographer, Greig Fraser and the movie editor, Stan Salfas.

Knowing that Matt Reeves directed Cloverfield and wrote for the TV series Felicity, this story seemed right up his alley of experience as Let Me In merges young teen experiences with monsters from the dark.

Smit-McPhee & Moretz fall into these roles effortlessly and deliver a wonderfully somber mood in this gritty movie. Moretz does well with her need to portray a 12-year-old and a dark, hungry vampire.

Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) & Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) in LET ME IN

Owen is trying his best to survive the divorce of his parents and the torment of some school bullies. Then Abby and her “father” move into the rundown apartment building that Owen and his mom live in. They become friends.

The cinematographer, Greig Fraser (The Boys Are Back, Australia) brought a fascinating angle to how the story was filmed, with some engaging artistic nuances. There would be scenes that showed the primary moment while still getting a subtle but enhancing bit of extra in a reflection of the scene.

The few CGI scenes there were, were What some might call distracting. Yet in an odd way, I felt added to the vague references we already had regarding Abby’s nature. It was far from perfect, but it lent a strong vibe towards Abby’s feral vampiric nature when she attacked victims.

As the story goes, I was a bit distracted about the idea of a vampire who has been around for quite some time, stuck in a 12-year-old body becoming emotionally engaged with a 12-year-old boy.

But getting around that, Owen and Abby have a fascinating, challenging and at moments, rewarding relationship, as much as it can be for a vampire and a 12-year-old.

Throughout it all, the movie is peppered with vampire fodder (bodies from feeding) and a detective on the case of the murders.

In addition to the feral behavior, we were also treated to what happens to a vampire when they come into a home, uninvited.

It was an enjoyable experience. That’s for sure.

Footnote about my movie review of Let Me In: I’ve never seen or read the original material this movie is based on. I have a fresh perspective on the material and hence, I can’t compare it. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this vampire movie without the distraction of having to compare it to the original content.


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