Let Me In
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee
Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★
The movie is based on Let The Right One In novel by a Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist.
The book was first made into a Swedish film in 2008 and a re-make - an English film was released in 2010 based on the original Swedish film and the book. I was not aware of this until after seeing the movie. I read that this re-make is absolutely different from the book (like changing names and the gender of the main character and even the story!). I also read the book has a lot of violence and pedophilia scenes. Yay, it's a BIG no for me. I'm not really into books like that. Anyway, the review below is for the re-make, and I was glad it wasn't as dark and disturbing as in the book/original film.
The story is about a bullied young boy, Owen who befriends a young female vampire, Abby who lives in in secrecy with her guardian. When Owen met Abby, he didn't know that Abby is a vampire. Though he's already having suspicions that something is wrong because he never sees Abby when he goes to school, or precisely in the morning. He only sees her after school, or at night. Owen, not knowing what Abby is, they became very good friends. When Owen finally admitted that he loves Abby, she later revealed herself in front of him.
When I read the movie review - or the review of the re-make, it sounded like a movie that I would enjoy and yes, I did! I love the cat-crawling style of vampire here. Liked the idea of a vampire having a guardian that gets blood for her. I thought the plot was original and I was impressed by the twist in the story. I'm a vampire-addict and sooo good to see fresh vampire story. You might want to see this movie, it wasn't THAT great, but still a fresh vampire story that you will enjoy.
About the book:
Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12 year old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200 year old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood. - Goodreads
About the original film:
Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli’s tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can...