December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 7, 2011

Let Me In (2010)

When it's over, "Let Me In" plays on the words itself - the aspect of physically letting someone into our homes as well as letting them into our inner self.  This film is about loneliness, friendship, and love - and the things we do, however wrong and evil they may be, to nurture that love.  Chloe Moretz (last seen in "Kick-Ass") plays Abby, a 12 year old vampire, who befriends a bullied adolescent named Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (last seen in "The Road").  Their relationship is forged out of a need for companionship and slowly blossoms into young love.  I thought this film took the genre of vampires into a new direction where a vampire can be weak, can be dependant on another, and desires the same emotions a human does.  This wasn't an all-out bloodfest, nor was it gratuitously violent.  There is gore, and there is violence, but only where it served the story.  I think director Matt Reeves (last project was "Cloverfield") captured poignantly the emptiness and brutality of adolescence, and I think the young actors were well chosen to portray these two tragically doomed children who were physically different, but underneath, shared the same  basic needs. 

My rating: 4 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. I have seen the Swedish version Let The Right One In, and I thought it's really sad. This is more of a coming of age stories for those who have ever felt alone and alienated. I don't know about this version but the Swedish one did not show any gore and violence. It's more implied, which I like. Touching story. Love this movie.