Let ‘Let Me In’ In
“Just so you know, we can’t be friends.”
Ladies & gentlemen, we finally have a true vampire romance movie.
It’s slow. Real slow. So slow it eases you into the beautiful story, feeling every single tingle & twitch that goes with the eerie atmosphere & accompanying music, shifting your view everytime the camera turns whether when Owen spins around to see Abby in the face for the first time, or when the car the “father” was maneuvering crashes & flips, or when the characters’ view gets blurred. You experience every second of its suspense, every snowdrop, & every blood spilled. & that’s the beauty of Let Me In.
“I’m a lot stronger than you think I am.”
“I told you we couldn’t be friends.”
It offers nothing new in the vampire romance storyline. The odd pairing. The lonely figure. The blood. But it’s the way the story gets to its destination that sets Let Me In miles apart. The journey is so compelling & moving, ending with a complete breathtaking (& gory) finale.
The cast is strong, & director Mat Reeves knows it – the mom never gets her face shown, & the neighbours get little screen time. Chloe Moretze continues her hot streak from Hit Girl as a…well, kick-ass vampire, playing the role with a strange demure endearment you can’t help but sympathize & fall for her. Richard Jenkins as the father/guardian probably deserves special mention for his rather extraordinary contribution.
“I just know that this is what happens when you don’t invite me in.”
A beautiful, haunting, classy masterpiece, this is. It’s a rare piece of film achievement when a movie can leave us with creepy sadness simultaneously with such innocent sweetness. Was it really a happy ending, or a looming, dark, almost-unimaginable future?
Intrigued? Go watch it.
Now time to get my hands on the Swedish original, & even the book perhaps.
“Dear Owen, I am in the bathroom. Please do not come in. Do you want to hang out with me again tonight? I really like you. Love, Abby.”