Let Me In: Review

4 10 2010

Vampires. You’d think we’d be sick of them by now with the influx of vampires into modern culture, but for some reason, we just keep eating it up. Sometimes, we get things like Twilight, which make the vast majority of sane people want to purge vampires from all forms of media. And then sometimes we get something like Let Me In, which adds credibility and a sense that vampires CAN be done in a way that doesn’t make people want to gouge out their own eyes.

The story of Let Me In is very dark. It’s basically what Twilight would be if (A) it was realistic and gritty, (2) had its main characters as 12 years old, and (3) didn’t suck. I think the biggest thing to the credit of the story though, is that it’s believable. Let Me In makes you CARE about what’s going on and about the characters. I can’t stress how important enough this is for a film’s story. A film that makes the viewer feel emotion toward its characters, whether it be compassion, anger or sadness, is a success to me. And Let Me In does this well.

I think the part of this movie that really stood out to me was the acting and character development. While most movies with children as part of the main cast have the child actors being carried by the older, more experienced actors and actresses, this isn’t the case in Let Me In. Both the main actors are amazing for their ages. In particular, the actor playing Owen impressed me. The amount of emotion he was able to convey from facial expressions alone was incredible, many adult actors aren’t able to do this as effectively. The supporting cast was effective as well, but they were really overshadowed by the two main leads.

Some of the special effects could be better. Some of Ally’s movements when she’s in “vampire mode” seem a little unrealistic, but they’re fast, so you really don’t get a lot of time to nitpick. Thankfully, the director doesn’t overuse these effects, so its a very easy flaw to overlook when compared to the rest of the film.

Overall, this is a film I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a well acted, unique film. It may be depressing, but in terms of acting and technical aspects, Let Me In is one of the better movies I’ve seen this year.

8/10

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2 responses

8 11 2010
acarter61

I think this a great review, however perhaps you should give more credit to Twilight. The movie itself has become a cult classic, and it is films like this and Harry Potter that have gotten our youth to start reading novels again. By know means am I an advocate for Twilight however I do give credit where credit is due. The question I am wondering is how many people went to see Let Me In, from the Twilight influence?

8 11 2010
ImmortalDreamer

I wouldn’t call Twilight a cult classic. Cult classic implies the movie was NOT well received when it first comes out, but gains a following years after its release.

Yeah, its great that these movies are getting kids to read again, but you’re never going to get praise out of me for that series. đŸ˜›

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