I’m really enjoying watching movies and recommending them to everyone. It’s also a great filler topic for when I don’t have a book I’ve recently finished to discuss. So be prepared for this feature to become a blog norm – after all, movies are stories just as much as books are. The title isn’t perfect since I didn’t actually see this film ‘at the cinema’, but you get the general idea.
Let Me In was released a couple of years ago and is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. The Swedish movie was also based off a novel of the same name. What initially drew me in was actress Chloe Grace Moretz who I happen to enjoy immensely, plus she’s from Atlanta and I feel some weird need to support hometown successes.
The movie follows a young boy, Owen, growing up in small town New Mexico during the early 80s. His parents are divorcing and he’s struggling with being a loner and being bullied by some particularly heinous kids at school. Owen needs a friend, badly. When Abby and her father move into the apartment next door, he thinks he’s found not only the perfect friend, but also his first girlfriend. The sweet, innocent smiles that pass back and forth between Owen and Abby are endearing, subtle, and remarkable in actors so young. The chemistry and relationship between these two characters is absolutely what makes this movie so wonderful.
Abby, of course, is not what she seems. I’m not really spoiling anything as most everyone knows this is a vampire movie since it was marketed as such. She’s not a ‘Twilight’ vampire by any means. She must kill to survive, can’t go in the sunlight, must be invited into your home, and sees vampirism as a curse – something she wouldn’t wish on anyone. Owen loves Abby, but does struggle with what being a vampire means and the idea of evil. But he stays by her side until the end and the audience wouldn’t have it any other way.
This movie is definitely a horror film and there is some gore. The gore, however, is never indulgent. Beautifully shot, this film is quietly and darkly gorgeous – slow-moving, deeply engaging, and morally poignant. Let Me In is a genre film with substance and heart. In the same frame, it will creep you out and break your heart with no apologies. Such a rare kind of cinematic treat and I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a great film, even if horror isn’t your cup of tea.