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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008)

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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:12

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The Buzz:

    Oskar is a bit of an outcast. He's 12 and doesn't have many friends. He spends most of his time fantasizing about revenge on the bullies at school. Then he meets Eli (pronounced Ee-Lee), a strange girl his age who moves in to the apartment next door. Eli seems a bit of an outcast herself and the two become fast friends. But there is more to Eli than even Oskar is aware, she's a vampire. This Swedish film based on a novel of the same name has become the quintessential modern day vampire story with beautiful imagery and a romance that, yes... is still better than Twilight.

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     Let the Right One In is a masterpiece in foreign horror. Any great horror film uses the “horror” as a vehicle for commentary on matters such as humanity, community, etc. This picture so wonderfully captures what it means to find yourself through the unconditional love of another and does so amidst scenes of blood and violence. This contrast is an exquisite reflection of the dark turmoil that often accompanies the bliss when we hunt for that most elusive of emotions, or more importantly the darkness that love can seem to lift us above. I am not normally a mushy type, but I can not express enough how touched you will find yourself by this tale of two young people despite also watching people's heads be ripped off, a woman catch on fire, or a man pour acid over his own face. It is remarkable that despite that graphic and grizzly nature of those scenes, they will not be the ones that stay with you after the credits roll.

 

If the contrast of imagery weren't enough to be impressed by this tale of romance, it is also applaud worthy that a story of such genuine and mature love (despite occasional immature acts) is told through twelve year olds... one of which isn't even actually human. The love transcends age, gender (yes...), cultural background, and any other preconceived notion of compatibility. While it is not unheard of for vampire stories to also be stories of complicated love, Let the Right One In is the first to make the story truly modern – applicable to world where love takes on many forms and is found in many places.

 

I'll touch briefly on the technical qualities of the film. They are superb. Shot largely on a single camera on a dolly, with many continuous shots, and impeccable framing, the picture on screen is as mesmerizing as the story it's portraying. The audio is subtle and appropriate. The score disappears when not needed and only ever creeps up in a manner to amplify emotion and never take control of the audience's attention. Interestingly, the spoken dialogue of Eli is not actually the voice of the young actress, Lina Leandersson, who plays the role. Instead it was dubbed seamlessly with an older woman, named Elif Ceylan, to give the character the age and ambiguity it called for.

 


This movie gets me hot...

Potential Hangovers:

 

     If you are squeamish at all; this film may have moments that are difficult for you. If you are a traditional person who doesn't like to have your concepts of right and wrong or what love should or should not be rocked a little... you may find this film to be too much. But if you are capable of finding beauty in the darkness, if you are a romantic who finds love to be amazing in it's simplicity rather than surrounded by drama, I think you will fall in love with this picture like I have.

 


I feel ya, Oskar. They all have that look afterwards for me too.

The Vibe: Solo Experience, Date Night, Casual Gathering, Large Party, Man-Cave, Girl's Night

 

     This movie is great to watch alone or with a loved one because of the great romance that is the centerpiece of the picture, but also works with groups because of just how well crafted it is. A small group of people may find it too heavy at times, but the blood and killing help break it up to keep things entertaining in that environment. Trying to watch it at a large party and get any substance out of it would be futile... deep movies with subtitles are worst for large parties. However, beautiful visuals and the occasional blood splatter are great for large parties!

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Superb acting, audio, and visuals!

+ A truly modern vampire love story.

+/- The subject matter may be a bit taboo for some.

 

Drinking Games:

 

- Drink every time the camera does a close up on a face.

- Drink when Oskar pulls out his knife.

- Drink for as long as the underpass in the park is on camera.

- Finish your drink whenever Eli finishes off someone else!

- HARDCORE: Drink whenever the action of the scene is framed off center.A

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