Originally Posted by Rushmore
Let Me In
Anyone who knows and loves the book and the original Swedish film would be at least a little leery of an American remake. I know I was.
Put your concerns aside. This is incredibly well done. They set it in Los Alamos, NM in 1983. This helped with the biggest thing I thought would be a problem: the mood set by the general atmosphere in the Swedish film. They nail it here.
The child actors are both great. The music is absolutely perfect. The few script changes were improvements. There are even a couple of WOW moments.
But mostly, it's just a great story told beautifully.
I couldn't believe I could enjoy a film so much knowing almost exactly what was going to happen.
I haven't read or seen any reviews.
The only reviews that matter happen right here, anyway.
Go see it.
I know you will be shocked by this, but I really disagree with you about this. I think this movie was quite, quite inferior to the original, barring the two lead actors - Owen and Abby - who were excellent. I mean, they completely messed up the pacing and the ominous feeling of the original by showing way too much of what Abby really was. I guess, they were just trying to amp up the gore and what not, but that's what I loved so much in the original. The original built up the ominous, eerie question of "wtf is wrong with this girl?" precisely by not showing exactly what she was until pretty far into the movie (and those stupid glowing blue eyes - blech).
It was also a huge mistake to open this film with her caretaker/father being rushed to the hospital. I don't know if this was mimicking the book's structure or not, but it completely throws off the story because in the end, we don't really care about her caretaker and it throws off the time line of the movie by jumping back in time after this little high drama snippet. This story is Owen's story, and that's who they should have started the story off with as they did in the original.
I also found the music to be really intrusive, particularly when they were using it to amp up the suspense/tension. I got annoyed, especially remembering how effectively the original version used the "quiet".
It made me roll my eyes that this version completely circumvented the "is Abby a boy/girl" question from the original.
I also think that the director completely messed up how the pool scene was shot, especially those memorable underwater moments. I was so annoyed.
The only things that I liked about this version - apart from the wonderful child actors - was that they cut out the cat scene completely and that they emphasized how Abby's caretaker was once a boy like Owen more than the original.
Oh and another random thing that completely baffled me about why they did this: they never showed the face of Owen's mother. There was never a close-up shot of her, not even when she was speaking. They blurred her, they put her head just out of frame in a bunch of shots...it was so odd. It had to have been deliberate but I can't image what the purpose of this was.