Movie Review: Let Me In (2010)

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Drama
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Owen (Kodi Smit McPhee)  is a twelve year old boy.  He’s a bit of a loner, and physically unimposing, so he gets bullied by three older boys in school.  Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz) is Owen’s new next door neighbor, she moves in with her father. (Richard Jenkins) Owen and Abby begin to talk, and right away, Owen notices some odd things about Abby, she doesn’t know what a Rubik’s cube is, she walks around barefoot in the snow, and she looks like she hasn’t bathed in a while.  Physical and social oddities notwithstanding, Owen and Abby decide to strike up a friendship.  He tells her about the bullying he is going through at school and she tells Owen to hit them hard, and if that doesn’t work, she will help him out, which strikes Owen as odd, because Abby is a 12 year old girl. Suddenly, kids in Owen’s school start  being murdered, and Abby’s dad ends up dead after dousing himself with acid.  The threats from Owen’s tormenters continue, and Owen does hit one of them in the ear. But they have a plan to pay Owen back., does Abby intervene?  How can she help?

This movie is a pale imitation of the original Swedish movie, “Let the Right One In”, it’s almost a scene for scene copy of the original, but everything is explained for the American audience, because American filmmakers feel they have to dumb it down.  The filmmakers here also try to force scares here, with scary music, and a few jumpy scenes, whereas the original movie sort of enveloped the viewer with a sense of foreboding.  The original was more about friendship, and the relationship seemed more natural, and the fact that it evolved into love and a protector/protected relationship seemed more natural too in the original.  The original is much more subtle too, I liked that.  Chloe Moretz tries her best, but she has this forlorn look on her face all the time, and does not show any of the spunk or fire that she did as Hit Girl in Kick Ass.  Smit McPhee was ok their chemistry was pretty good, but again the original was better.  The movie is set in New Mexico, which doesn’t strike me as the snowiest place in America, why not Vermont or Colorado?  And all the men in this town seem to have male pattern  baldness issues, I literally could not tell the difference between Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins.  Please do yourself a favor, watch the original movie, and not this dumbed down version.

Let Me In.  Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.

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