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Review: Let The Right One In

By Andrew Seely courtesy of www.andrewseely.com

Last night I got to go to a screening of “Let the Right One In

Here was my twitter review of the movie:

review: let the right one in. vampire movie like none other, off white colors, simple framing, eerily romantic, fantastic art

You have to be brief with only 140 characters.

I almost want to tell you not to see any trailers or footage before you see this movie. I’ll link to the trailer, but STRONGLY encourage you not to watch it. I think seeing the movie with no previous knowledge about it is the best way to go. I also think the trailer paints a different picture than the actual movie and may leave you disappointed.

I must warn you of one thing though, it’s a Swedish movie, done in Swedish, so for some of you the whole “foreign” concept may be new, but for many of you that may be incentive to go and see it.

The movie can be summed up as a sweet tale of a boy and a girl. It’s a movie about friendship and loneliness, the desire to survive and connect. I really enjoyed the art direction, yet at the same time often felt bored by it. Many of the shots had a glaze to them of the off white of the snow and dreariness of the setting. It led to simple framing and slow camera moves, but in a way, these enhanced the movie more than anything else. Even though at times I became bored by them, in the end was very appreciative of the fact that something didn’t always have to be happening, as we too often find in American movies.

There’s a timeless quality to the movie. It’s set somewhere in the past, but you never can really get a sense of when things happen. This might be because of the cultural differences, but in a way it doesn’t matter too much. There is an appearance of a Rubik’s Cube, and a tape player (no CDs) so it might suggest the early to mid 80’s but more or less it’s the over all setting of the small community that the story takes place in that makes the movie what it is.

The score perfectly sets tone and mood, while always building tension and suspense. It too has a simple yet profound nature to it.

The acting is primarily between two teenagers, but the acting often is more in what is not said. The glances, the way someone reacts, or even just what is communicated through body language.

Make sure you see this film. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you appreciate the art in film making then this is a movie for you.

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I’m not too sure of the actual US release date, so you may have to do some snooping. Expect to see it in independent theaters, not mainstream ones.

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