Last night, by Schuyler and Darcy’s suggestion, a bunch of us gathered in West Hartford to watch ‘Let the Right One In,” a Swedish vampire flick which pretty much knocked my socks off. It was extremely good. Extreeeemely good.
The trailer below shows a bit too much of the action scenes. In actuality, most of the movie was quiet plot development that really helped fill out the characters and strengthen character relationships. It’s almost unfortunate that the trailer focuses on and… kinda ruins some of the action surprises.
Don’t watch this if you want to go into the movie without any hint as to what will happen.
Trailer with minor spoilers.
The movie takes place in Sweden in the 80’s. Oskar is a young dude who is bullied regularly and meets Eli, a mysterious girl who turns out to be a vampire. Ooohh man, Eli was so absurdly awesome. Schuyler reports that in order to make the children seem less scripted the director didn’t let them learn the script. Instead, he would tell them their lines immediately prior to the recording of each scene. The result is strong, much more realistic acting style from the children. I strongly prefer the realistic wavering uncertainty to the faux fast-talking types of Gilmore Girls and Juno.
The movie does a wonderful job of giving you just enough closure and information that you feel satisfied yet it leaves you wondering about little plot corners.
I rate this movie as a flashed graceful 5.13c lead that concludes with an epic Dyno and a triumphant top out. For those not in the climbing community, that’s just about as good as it gets.
The movie is rated R and would not be appropriate for the kiddies.