Let The Right One In (2008)

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Let The Right One In

Vampires in film have been so saturated these days so its nice to see an effective film. I’ve been meaning to watch this for a while. I saw the American remake a few years back and thought it was solid but now I can see the source material was very good. There’s a few moments where the film is uneven but overall the imagery and relationship between the protagonists really make this film work.

The film is about a young boy who is bullied at school, who befriends a mysterious little girl who is actually a vampire. While its easy to grasp whats going on with her character there’s still a longing to know exactly what her past was. I think the connection with the characters are great and is probably the strongest point of the film. This is a vampire film that revolves on a young friendship, this is not something that we see very often.

There are some real evil characters in the film (namely the bullies). Its balanced real well with a vampire who feeds on and kills other but shes actually a hero at the end.  You feel connected to Eli and Oskar because the filmmaker but their relationship first and the film really builds itself on that. There are horrific moments in the film that occur so quickly and suddenly, that it leaves a lasting impression. The film doesn’t focus too much on gore but what we see is done very well.

I don’t always watch foreign films unless they get rave but here’s one I’m glad I saw. Its definitely better than the American counterpart and I feel like this film is probably one of the best foreign depictions of vampire culture. If I ever get a chance I may check out more of Swedish cinema because I already loved the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium) trilogy. Sweden knocks another one out of the park.

7.5/10

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