Apr 182012
 

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Based On:Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Rating: R

Running Time: 114 minutes

Release Date: October 24, 2008

Genre: Horror, Vampire

Cast: Oskar(Kåre Hedebrant), Eli(Lina Leandersson), Håkan(Per Ragnar), Erik(Henrik Dahl), Yvonne(Karin Bergquist), Lacke(Peter Carlberg), Virginia(Ika Nord), Jocke(Mikael Rahm)

Synopsis: In Sweden during the early 1980s, Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely and strange 12-year-old boy, has a problem with a bully at school and is unable to fight back. Eli(Lina Leandersson), a mysterious and equally lonely girl, and her ‘father’,Hakan (Per Ragnar), move in next door to Oskar. Soon they become friends and as they begin spending more and more time together, Eli convinces Oskar to stand up for himself but later he learns that she is a very old vampire and that her father is not really her father but her lover. Eventually Oskar must decide if he can find happiness with Eli or if he should go back to his old life.

Analysis: This and the American version of this film, Let Me In (2010), are both adaptations of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s book, Let the Right One In (2004 Novel). I saw the American version first, and then the earlier Swedish version, and I know that I am working backwards here, but I do plan on reading the novel once I can get my hands on it. That said, both films are very similar, but I think that the Let the Right One In (2008 film) does a few things better.

The relationship between Eli and her ‘father’ is more detailed It is easy to see that he is a normal guy that must do horrible things for the one he loves, instead of a being more like a serial killer. Even the bullies have more personality in this film. I did like the detective in the American version, but I think the locals replaced some of his role and they add some great color to the film.

Pro:

  • Darkly funny scene where Hakan is working on a victim and is interrupted by a dog.
  • Takes place in Sweden, makes more sense than New Mexico.
  • Hospital scene with Eli and Hakan is very touching.
  • Intense scene with bullies near end.
  • The subtitles are easy to read.

Con:

  • Oskar is so pale, that he could easily pass for a vampire.
  • It is too bright during scenes at night in the woods.
  • Swedish girls wear strange gym clothes.

Conclusion: Let The Right One In is a great film with elements of romance, and revenge. I think that most people would enjoy this film!

Score: 3.53/5

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