Let Me In (2010)
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenplay: Matt Reeves based on Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Dylan Kenin, Chris Browning, Ritchie Coster and Dylan Minnette.
Tagline: Innocence dies. Abby doesn’t.
Owen is having a bad year. His recently divorced parents don’t have much time for him. He has no friends and is being bullied at school. Then one winter evening he meets Abby. She’s twelve, too. Abby is strange, but nice. Abby lives with her dad in an apartment across the way. Abby doesn’t go to school. Each evening Owen talks to Abby before he has to go in for the night. Although the bullying at school is getting worse, Owen and Abby are starting to like each other more than friends.
What nobody knows is Abby is a vampire.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)
Let Me In is a remake of Let the Right One In, a 2008 Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson with a screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist based on his novel LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
Matt Reeves directed Cloverfield before taking the helm of Let Me In. He would go on to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; War for the Planet of the Apes; and The Batman. I thought Cloverfield was good, Dawn and War for the Planet of the Apes, very good and The Batman, even better. Let Me In may be my preference of all of his films.
Stephen King called Let Me In his favorite film of 2010 and named it “The best American horror film in the last twenty years.”
Matt Reeves deserves much of the credit for the success of Let Me In. He creates moody scenes that he lets play out. There are special effects but they are used sparingly and effectively.
Kodi Smit-McPhee was an excellent choice to play Owen. Chloë Grace Moretz is perfect as Abby, the vampire who has been 12 for a very long time. Richard Jenkins was a surprising choice to play “father”. I loved the suspense of his scenes when he went out at night alone. Dylan Minnette made a great bully.
I put off watching Let Me In for a long time because of the kid being bullied and girl who is a vampire story made me think it’d be more for teenagers. I was wrong. I look forward to repeated viewings of Let Me In (and I plan to seek out Let the Right One In).
Let Me In (2010) rates 5 of 5 stars.