LET ME IN: MOVIE REVIEW
Let Me In is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. This American version is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and in my opinion, happens to be the best horror film so far this year. Granted, we are at the start of October and have a handful of horror movies coming to multiplexes over the next few weeks. I can’t picture any one being as well crafted and acted as Let Me In.
When a lonely young boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) meets Abby (Chloe Moretz), a 12 year old girl that just moved into the apartment next door, they have a very short exchange of words before she tells him they cannot become friends. Owen pretty much brushes it off because he is used to not having friends. The only kids he interacts with at school are the ones who bully him to such a point that it forces him to act out fantasies of revenge when he is alone.
Owen also spends his nights watching apartments across the courtyard through his telescope. McPhee does an amazing job as Owen. He is a skinny little kid who looks like he is on the verge of becoming something dangerous himself. Every emotion that McPhee emotes through Owen feels real and you feel his sadness.
Even though Abby stated that she could not be friends with Owen, the two of them still form a close bond. They are both alone and desperately need to connect with someone. Moretz shows that she can really grab your attention on screen. I loved her in Kick Ass & 500 Days of Summer in which she showed us her comedic skills, but this time, she shows us something completely different. She is a vampire but she is also a lonely little girl. She has to feed on blood to live but Moretz makes us still care about her.
Richard Jenkins plays Abby’s caretaker. He is not her father, but he looks after her in many ways. Jenkins is terrific as well. He has no desire to go out and kill people to feed Abby, but he does it out of love. He does not want her to die, so he does what he must.
Let Me In is a horror film with heart. Abby’s and Owen ‘s characters are magnetic together. You believe how much they love each other and you sometimes forget that they are not even teenagers yet. Well, let me correct that. Even though Abby is 12, she has been that age for a very long time. I have never seen the original film, so I cannot compare the two. I can tell you that Let Me In may not be a very scary movie, but it is a great film none the less. The acting is top notch all around. The New Mexico location feels so isolated & eerie. This film feels like a modern classic.
By: Marc Ferman