Quite unfortunate but totally unwarranted, actually, but “Let Me In” suffers before the film had even started and it has nothing to do with the actual film itself. First of all, the title choice is terrible. There is no telling about what is it, nor that it would piqued any positive interest to unsespected viewers. Second, obviously, the film was a remade to a 2008 Swedish film, “Let the Right One In” and remakes, rarely, if ever, receives a positive encouragement and this film was no exception as well. I was the one who are willing to give this film a benefit of doubt. It was rewritten and directed by Matt Reeves whose 2008 film, “Cloverfield” receives a warm love from me even if nobody does and it has Chloë Grace Moretz. She captures my attention on “(500) Days of Summer” and later, “Kick-Ass.” And it turns out, the film captures nearly the same level of the brooding, haunting, chilling, and simple thrilling of the original film and I absolutely adores it. It is easily made into my list of best film in 2010.
I won’t go into the details on this one. All you need to know that this film was driven forward by the relationship between a couple of twelve years olds. We see these kids most of the time. Now if you knew me anything at all, you know how I stand with child actors. Generally unfavorable but I fell in love with Codi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz almost immediately. Both portrays a role that was somewhat akin to myself in my childhood. An outcast, introverted, and often found solace in solitude. More or less, I was much like Smit-McPhee’s character. Generally left to myself, humming a tuneless humes, and no friend and this has left me with a kind of kinship and longing that made my favor toward this film is a bit biased but really, taken everything aside, I doubt that you won’t feel the same as me toward these kids.
Anyway, I absolutely love the way Matt Reeves narrates the story. As long as my memory serves me, it was nearly identical copy frame-by-frame of the original which sometime almost felt like cheating. But Reeves provides his own narrating device and even if some of them my not be favorable to the rabid fans of the original for me, it works tremendously well. I am enjoying every bit and every minutes of this film to a great deal. The atmosphere was chilling perfect, the way Reeves obscures most of the other actors except the kids were something to commend. The sound effects were appropriate. If there’s anything that was lacking was perhaps, its visual effects but of course, as I’m not really give a damn about CGI visual effects, it was a mere distraction and never become an annoyance.
Both Smit-McPhee and Chloë Moretz is awesome. Smit-McPhee drawn expressions are captured perfectly in the frame as he faced something that no twelve years old kid should ever be faced with. You’d wonder when he is going to breakdown. Chloë Moretz is granted, too attractive for her role that it’s distracting sometime but I can’t really complaint. She was the perfect choice for the Americanized version of Eli and I’ll be watching her career from now on.
This film is I think works best if you see it in a small company. The nature of this film is drawn, quiet, and brooding that I don’t think that if you want to see a film purely for fun, this film would had a good effect on you. It meant for you to contemplate, to quietly walk through its hall of silence with a wary comprehension. If you could just sat in silence, soak in the chilling atmosphere of Los Alamos, you’d be more appreciative to its tragic nature of the relationship between Owen (Smit-McPhee) and Abby (Moretz).
My rating : ***1/2 / **** I was one of some who is willing to give the benefit of doubt that this remake would fare better than most remakes. I was rewarded for the doubt. Hansomely. Chilling, haunting, and somehow, tragic. This is my definite entry into my year’s best of 2010 film. “Eat some, save more for later.”