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Movie Review: Let Me In

Alternate Title: Knock, Knock - Who's There?

Story: I am not a big fan of remakes especially when the original was so terrific. However, a big shout out to director and writer Matt Reeves with his solid remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In, which was based on the novel Lat den Ratte Komma In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Instead of Stockholm, this film takes place in 1983, Los Alamos, New Mexico. It is winter, Ronald Reagan is President and can be seen and heard in the background as he talks about good and evil in the world. It is a time before DNA, forensics, the Internet, tweeting and blogging. In many ways it seems like a much simpler time. It is in this setting that we meet a lonely, bullied 12 year old boy who finds a ray of hope in another 12 year old girl who has just moved into his apartment complex. She seems to be equally lonely and sad which makes for a perfect blend of commonalities mixing to form a relationship. In the courtyard, at night, their friendship develops.

The film has a dark tone and mood and the pace is unhurried. The viewer slowly but surely begins to care deeply about the characters. The larger question of what is evil looms throughout the film. Director Reeves stuck close to the original and I walked out with two thumbs up and was thinking about the film for many hours afterwards.

Read my review of the original film here: http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/letrightonein.html

Check out the trailer here and the original trailer below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsWJt5tNLKg


Acting: Chloë Grace Moretz as Abby hits her mark. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen is wonderful. Richard Jenkins as the Father never fails to give a great performance and Elias Koteas as the Policeman does a fine job.

Trivia: Richard Jenkins is one of several Rhode Island residents who have made films for the Farrelly Brothers. In four of their pictures, Richard even bought a house down the street from the brothers' childhood home in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Kodi Smit-McPhee (born June 13, 1996) is an Australian actor, probably best known for his role in The Road. Chloë Grace Moretz (born February 10, 1997) is an American teen actress, known for her role as Hit-Girl in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass. She also appeared in Days of Summer and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and now portrays Abby, the child vampire, in Let Me In.

Predilection: I liked the original.

Critters: None

Food: Bubble gum is a big food item.

Sex Spectrum: None

Soundtrack: Terrific.

Opening Titles: The title appears on a black background with red type. The credits are all at the end.

Visual Art: A wonderful stark New mexico landscape.

Theater Audience: About 25 other adventurous movie goers.

Weather: Cold and snowy.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: I did not squirm over the vampire parts but did squirm over the bullying.

Drift Factor: I was attentive throughout.

Predictability Level: I saw the original.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Probably not.

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen and rent the original.

Length: Under two hours.