Let the Right One In, a review


If another word does a better job of describing this movie, I can’t think of it.  Since seeing this Swedish flick last night, I’ve read some more of the Slash autobiography, had a good night’s sleep, walked the dogs, eaten some breakfast tacos, and enjoyed two cups of coffee–yet I still have this movie bouncing around in my head.

Again.  Wow.

Let the Right One In is the story of Oskar, an awkward boy of twelve living in an apartment with his divorced mother.  He’s a quiet, introspective kid, prone to standing in the snow all alone for no particular reason.  When a girl named Eli moves in next door, Oskar finally finds something close to a friend.  And when he notices how the cold doesn’t affect her and she doesn’t come out during the day, he realizes she must be a vampire.

Let the Right One In may be the best film I’ve seen in at least ten years.  It perfectly captures the awkwardness of adolescence, the tragedy of a broken home, and the  strange wonder of a friendship that may become first love.  This quiet movie is at turns terrifying, cheer-inducing, and breathtaking, and I left the theater feeling like I’d just witnessed something really special.

Young leads Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson have incredible chemistry together.  They bring their characters to life.  Hedebrant is especially touching as the lonely boy who just wants somebody to care about him.  The kid broke my heart in almost every scene.

Director Tomas Alfredson has created a beautiful film, full of peaceful snow, tender character moments, and a few scenes that cross the line into mind-numbing terror.  I’m amazed at his visual sense, and I can’t wait to see more of his work.

Of course, this isn’t an American film, so there’s already a remake on the way.  Did I mention this movie was only released three weeks ago?  Yeah, look for the stateside version with the jump cutting and emo soundtrack sometime next year.

In the meantime, do whatever you have to in order to catch this almost perfect film.