Monday, 23 July 2012

Let Me In


Not many people have much patience left with Vampire films now; thanks to the "Twilight" series, which, quite frankly, should never have even been thought of. If someone mentions Vampires nowadays, people think about sparkling, fast moving, and overly protective young men. But, I ask you; what happened to our original Vampires? The ones that kill, feast on blood and still show their emotional sides? Are they gone, or are they just neatly tucked away somewhere, ready to re-emerge, once "Twilight" has died down? If this is the case, then they should have no shame in coming out now.

Let Me In gives us the character of Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee); a bullied, neglected 12 year old boy. He soon meets a young, seemingly depressed girl called Abby (Chloe Moretz), who immediately tells him that they can't be friends. Why? Because she's a savage, blood thirsty vampire, but she doesn't tell him that. Instead, as their relationship grows, she teaches him to stand up for himself and does eventually become his best friend. But, she can't stay away from blood forever, or else she'll die. Can she sustain their important friendship, and survive on merely the source of human blood? 

Well, slap me round the face and call me a pineapple; A DECENT VAMPIRE FILM!!!!! Well, more that decent; Let Me In is truly outstanding. I have so much positivity about it, and i simply cannot find a negative aspect, not one. So, where do I start? 

I'll start with the characters. When you have a film where the main two lead roles are children, we don't get high hopes as viewers. There are not many kids around who can sustain an entire film. However, these two (Smit-McPhee and Moretz) really can. They're highly believable, and carry the roles of these characters astonishingly well. I've seen Moretz in Kick-Ass, so i didn't have any doubt that she would fail to deliver, and I was right not to doubt! She takes on this difficult role very well. In fact, I'd say she's the best child actress around in the present. Smit-McPhee is very good as well, giving the nervous and scared little boy scenes the emotion they need, and having the right kind of personality for this role. 

Also, the thing that keeps Let Me In fresh, in its 112 minute running time, is the emotional connection between the two children. It's almost like watching two actual friends having day-to-day conversations in the opening scenes of the film (before he knew she was a Vampire). The thing that helps this is the script. Now, I'm sure you're all aware that this is a remake of an adaptation from a book. So the story is not at all down to Matt Reeves (director), but he wrote the screenplay and a vast majority of the script; so we have to give him some credit for it. Following Cloverfield (8/10 from me), he debut, would be hard to do, but this can only put him in a better light. 

Another aspect I have to praise is the horror side of the film. Whilst Let Me In is built solidly on dialogue and emotion, it's still a horror film. And, believe me, there are some gruesome parts. Abby has some nasty, violent scenes where she rips people to shreds, and starts sucking at their blood. There's also a nasty part where, following a very well filmed car-crash, a man pours smouldering acid on his face to hide his identity. It burns away at his flesh, and leaves a horrific result. 

To be honest, I can't think of words that describe this film well enough. Well made; not good enough. Astonishing; still not quite at the standard. A masterpiece; this phrase is overused. However, that's as close as I can get to describing what can only be classed as my favourite ever horror film, and easily the best film I've seen since "Inception"; and to those of you who know how much I like "Inception", that just proves how good Let Me In really was. 

To Summarise: Driven by emotion and held by a strong cast, "Let Me In" marks the new standard for horror films, and what a standard it is.

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