I decided to rent Let Me In after a couple of friends suggested it to me. The movie is directed by Matt Reeves and it is based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindquist. I give this film the rating: A Decent Watch.
Let Me In is American version of Let the Right One In
I feel like it is only fair that I preface this review. I saw the first film adaptation Let the Right One In when it was originally released in 2008. That version was directed by Tomas Alfredson and John Ajvide Lindquist wrote the screenplay. I love that version. All of the actors are fantastic. The atmosphere is creepy and tense. I had high expectations going into Let Me In.
The storyline pretty much follows the original film. It is interesting and does not follow your typical vampire narrative. A young girl, Abby, moves in to the same apartment complex as Owen. She is apprehensive about starting a friendship with him though one does develop.
The casting choices are what reeled me in. I was initially excited because Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in it. He has been in a number of roles I have enjoyed: Boy in The Road (2009), Jerome Holm in The Young Ones(2014), and Jay Cavendish in Slow West (2015). In Let Me In he portrays the shy and bullied Owen being raised by his single mother. I did feel attachment to Owen and found myself rooting for him.
Chloë Grace Moretz plays Abby, the vampire forever doomed to be twelve years old. I do not feel like Moretz was effective enough in this role. I feel like she should have acted more wise given all of her life experience. It was hard to tell how much Abby really cared for Owen vs. her need for a new caretaker.
Richard Jenkins is a saving grace
Probably my favorite of the cast is Richard Jenkins (Nate Fisher Senior in Six Feet Under) as The Father and Dylan Minnette as Kenny, the bully. These two characters evoked the most emotion from me. The Father is tired and brooding. I love the twist with his character. Kenny goes out of his way to torture Owen and made me angry quite a few times.
If you have some time to kill and want to see a movie that is out of the ordinary I would recommend Let Me In. It isn’t going to change your life but it is entertaining enough that it isn’t a complete waste of time.