Tuesday, July 07, 2009

In Review of: Let The Right One In

While I've normally kept this blog to comics only, and believe me, its been hard to do when Doctor Who or Torchwood kick out an especially good episode, but until now i've stuck to my guns. Well, I will break my promise today after watching Let The Right One In, a swedish vampire story that is so well done and on so many levels that i know I'll be thinking about it for days, if not weeks.

It is, I hate to say it, the epitome of Non-American Filmmaking (NAF): it respects your intelligence by not handing you everything on a silver platter, letting the relationships grow between the characters, and even ending in a way the could be taken in multiple directions, depending upon how you wish to read the film. It deals with all sorts of things that Hollywood would never touch: kid on kid violence, and pre-teen sexuality to name just two.

And it doesn't try to subvert the genre in a "Scream" way either. It uses vampire lore to tell a story, not to tell a vampire story. In this film, the vampire isn't the monster. Instead, it is the adults and they way they ignore the protagonist Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) that make them the biggest monsters of all. Oskar's new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), just happens to live off of blood, but she is neither the monster nor the innocent. She just is who she is. And things go from there.

I found myself incredibly impressed with the economy of storytelling in the shots on the movie, and the creative and effective way that they delivered the details of the story. While not a master class in directing, this may be my favorite vampire movie of all time. Go rent it. Now.


RedMaigo said...

I saw this one a few months ago and I agree. This is not your post-Ann Rice/Hollywood vampire flick ala Twilight.

I think that the storytelling, the low key directing and the nostalgic ambiance (early 80s)enhances the mood perfectly.

Best vampire movie of 2008 hands down.

Of course, there is going to be a Hollywood remake in 2010...YIKES!

Jon Williams said...

I recently watched this on Netflix, it is truly an excellent story that just happens to have a vampire in it.

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

except for the dubbing/sub titles. Damn, Totally forgot to mention that.

The dubbing is terrible. it got so that i wanted to turn off the sound and just read the subtitles but i missed hearing the soundtrack and the incidental noise.

They gotta fix that. no question.

Jon Williams said...

I didn't notice a problem with the dubbing. Maybe you got a bad copy?