Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written By: Matt Reeves
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 56 min
The amount of enjoyment you’ll get out of this movie will really depend on whether you saw the original Swedish film, Let The Right One In (2008). Which to be fair, isn’t going to be a whole lot of people in the US as I’m sure the movie got limited to no theater time here, and is now only available to rent.
So looking at this film from that perspective, I would recommend you watch this. It’s well made and has a solid cast, though I felt Richard Jenkins was a little wasted. Its has a slow, yet steady pace and sets up characters you can care about. It’s not particularly scary, but it also isn’t trying to be. The more horrific scenes are presented to support the story more than try to make you jump out of your seat.
If you have seen and enjoyed the original version, I would suggest you leave this one alone. Unless of course you’re just really curious. The placement of key events is better in the new version, but for the most part this is a scene for scene copy. The remake doesn’t really add much to the original story, but does remove some supporting scenes with characters in the apartment complex. There are one or two scenes that I enjoyed more in the remake, but for the most part the original’s more subtle approach works better.
If you haven’t seen the original, and prefer your horror to run at a more steady dramatic pace, then this is worth a visit. If you’re looking to be scared witless, then this probably isn’t going to do that for you.
Best viewing format:
The photography is really quite nice so a nice HD viewing at home would work great.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
The one scene I thought worked better in the remake was when the girls guardian botches his second attempt to get blood. It’s a single shot from the back seat of the car as he tries to reverse out of a gas station. Something obviously goes wrong, and as we watch from the back seat of the car, we can tell he’s taken the car off the road and rolled it. The whole thing plays out in one shot and it’s brilliant!