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Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

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Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Please continue pre-release discussion here.

Movie:
"Let Me In" (Starring: Chloλ (Grace) Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese, Dylan Kenin)

Release Date:
10/1/2010

Rating:
R (for strong bloody horror violence, sexual ambiguity, unfair comparisons to Angus, and exclamations by the daft American movie-going public saying this "was the most original horror movie in a long time" throughout )

Running Time:
115min. (1h. 55m.)

IMDb Synopsis:
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This is a story about a young boy, who is bullied by all of those around him at school. This girl he meets becomes his only friend (prior to which he had none) and teaches him to have the courage to stand up for himself. When the time comes and he does, the situation changes and yes, she does step in and help him with his bullying "problem". Ultimately this is a story about love and friendship between a confused young boy and a girl forever trapped in eternal youth. I highly recommend watching the original Swedish version, "Let the right one in". It's slow going, but it's also very endearing. The writer of the Swedish novel and screenplay is also the writer for this American adaptation of the story.


IMDb Info and Rating:
7.2 (1,955 votes as of 10/05/10)

Rotten Tomatoes:
Fresh:110 Rotten:17 (87% as of 10/05/10)

Metacritic:
80 metascore ('Generally favorable reviews' as of 10/05/10)

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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

in case people missed.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
in case people missed.
They didn't miss, they just didn't go.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

i'm looking forward to it next week sometime.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

I'm content with the original.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by LosingMyMind View Post
They didn't miss, they just didn't go.


Being that the original is a masterpiece & my favorite modern horror, an America remake has absolutely nothing to offer me.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Moved my initials thoughts from other thread to here:

The original Swedish version is much more interesting, atmospheric, and haunting. This remake tries to mine similar beats, but it's almost too lean in some places which made the original delve deeper into the sense of isolation of the boy as well as the longtime companion of the child vampire, so it just never got under my skin.

I give it 2.5 stars, or a grade of C+.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

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Being that the original is a masterpiece & my favorite modern horror, an America remake has absolutely nothing to offer me.
Yes it does. New music by Michael Giacchino.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Me (****): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46045/let-me-in/
Orndorf (**1/2): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46049/let-me-in/
Jamie S. Rich (**1/2): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46029/let-me-in/

My opinion, in short: The remake brings plenty of new things to the table, particularly Chloe Moretz's excellent performance, which has absolutely no relevance in the "remakes are dumb" discussion. The original is a better movie, but there is still merit to this one. And I think ignoring and trashing any movie that doesn't suck is stupid. It's like a cover song or a new cast putting on a play. You may have already seen the story, but you should go again because a new take on it can still be rewarding.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Considering that 99.9% of remakes don't even come close to being as good as the original, we probably have a different definition of "rewarding".
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by droidguy1119 View Post
Me (****): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46045/let-me-in/
Orndorf (**1/2): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46049/let-me-in/
Jamie S. Rich (**1/2): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46029/let-me-in/

My opinion, in short: The remake brings plenty of new things to the table, particularly Chloe Moretz's excellent performance, which has absolutely no relevance in the "remakes are dumb" discussion. The original is a better movie, but there is still merit to this one. And I think ignoring and trashing any movie that doesn't suck is stupid. It's like a cover song or a new cast putting on a play. You may have already seen the story, but you should go again because a new take on it can still be rewarding.
Agree, and may actually like this one better... Not sure yet, but did enjoy it a lot. I think Moretz is a huge star in the making.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

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Considering that 99.9% of remakes don't even come close to being as good as the original, we probably have a different definition of "rewarding".
There are always exceptions that prove the rule. That is the whole point behind my trying to promote this movie. A good movie is a good movie, whether it's a remake or not, and thus, it is worth supporting.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

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Agree, and may actually like this one better... Not sure yet, but did enjoy it a lot. I think Moretz is a huge star in the making.
My thoughts exactly. Abby's note
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quoting "Romeo & Juliet"
was a nice touch.

And Moretz has stolen every movie I've seen her in.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

The wife and I saw this today. It was pretty good, and I'm sure I would have liked it even more if I had never seen the original.

The kids were good and I didn't mind most of the little tweaks, with the exception of the pool scene at the end. It just seemed less...elegant maybe? Still cool though.

And Richard Jenkins is the shit.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

I've seen the original, and I'm too lazy to look this up, but did
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the boy end up becoming her new companion/helper in the Swedish version? I don't remember. Also, where the hell was he going with her in that trunk? He's 12.


Overall I did like it, I give it a B+
I thought it was a faithful adaptation, the two leads were good, the direction and cinematography were also first rate...but the original does everything just a little better.
The CGI when she attacked and fed on her victims were bad, on par with I Am Legend.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

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I've seen the original, and I'm too lazy to look this up, but did
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the boy end up becoming her new companion/helper in the Swedish version?
Yes.

Spoiler:
The original ends with him on a train with the trunk at his feet and he is morse-coding "I love you" onto the lid (or something like that) and she taps back.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Were the crazy-ass puppet cats in this one?
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The original is better, but seeing the Hammer logo and "A Hammer Films Production" at the beginning was worth the price of admission alone.

If you don't know what I mean, re-take horror 101.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

^ yeah I nearly creamed in my pants over the logo.

as for the crazy ass puppet cats - no, but that was THE scene I most remembered from the original - it was obviousily the most glaring omission.

I also really like Richard Jenkin, he's such a great actor and he brought nuance to his character.

The sound design is also better in the remake than the original.

but still 'Let the Right One In' is the superior film compared to 'Let Me In'
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

Saw this. The least essential remake since Van Sant's Psycho. The scenes that work, work only because the Swedish version worked. Any changes made to the movie are, for the most part, for the worse.

I don't think it's all Matt Reeve's fault. It's the fault of the studio execs (even if it's not, say, Fox) trying to "Americanize" the film. It's the fault of the editor, who strips this movie of the excellent pacing the original had.

The cat scene, and its subplot, worked much better in the original. The gay dad in the original was cool. As were the mangled genitals.

I saw it, and liked some of it. It's not a bad movie. It doesn't somehow lower the standing of the original. But it's unnecessary. I'm sure there could've been a more exciting project for Reeves to take on.
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I was one of the groaners when this remake was announced. After seeing it, I surprise myself to say it's one of the best movies of the year especially if you (like most moviegoers) haven't seen the Swedish version. That release had references of resonance to a Nordic population that Reeves has managed to find equivalents for an American audience. Compared to Twilight and most vampire fare, this comes off as realism. It's nearly as good as progenitor, and that's a whole lot better than could have been anticipated.
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i really liked. don't know yet if i liked it as much as the original but it was very good. Kodi Smit-McPhee is a sensational actor. his performance in the road was one of the best child performances i've ever seen. he shows emotion so well. some of the cgi was average to below average but it didn't take away from the overall experience.
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The gay dad in the original was cool.
The dad wasn't gay in the original.

I keep hearing people rave about Chloe Moretz but I'm with Son of Odin on this. Kodi Smit-McPhee was amazing in The Road and was probably the best part of this.
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The dad wasn't gay in the original.
Do you have a reason for saying this? Because it was pretty clear that was why the dad and mom had separated. That's why there are those slightly awkward scenes with the other guy out at the farm.
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Re: Let Me In (Reeves, 2010) — The Reviews Thread

yeah..it was pretty obvious in the original film. The looks Oskar had about that man and the awkwardness of it.

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