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Let Me In (2010)
Best Vampire movie I've seen
I've always been a big horror fan. I've also always liked vampire stories. It is painful to think that the "Twilight saga" is the standard for vampire stories among tweens and teens. Luckily in 2008, we got "Let the Right One In", which was a very good vampire romance, but still had it's flaws. But nevertheless, it is still everything Twilight isn't (in a good way of course). In 2010, I finally got to see this movie, "Let Me In", and I have to say that it improved on the Swedish original in nearly every imaginable way. "Let Me In" is the story of two lonely kids, who find each other. One is a boy who is tormented, day after day, by ruthless bullies at school (as a guy who was bullied when he was in school, I have to say that it hurts to watch those scenes). He spends his evenings fantasizing about revenge. He soon meets his mysterious new neighbor, Abby, and he begins to develop a cute little friendship with the girl. But when he discovers that Abby is a vampire, he feels fear and love for the girl. After a while Owen figures out that he and Abby are the same. They both are lonely and in need of a friend, they both feel they don't belong in this world, and they both are afraid of what they have become because of their violent tendencies. In the end, Abby comes to rescue Owen in his darkest hour, and the two children are able to escape and start a new life together.
A few people have said that Abby was "manipulating" Owen for her own purposes, but I think that, that isn't the case at all. To me, it always seemed that Abby genuinely loved and cared for Owen, Abby just didn't want to be alone. It is revealed that Abby's "father" was once in Owen's position, and he later became a killer for her needs. While this could be Owen's fate in the future, the ending is ambiguous, so there are so many ways that the story could end. It wasn't necessarily Abby's plan, for the father to start killing for her, it just happened that way (and who's to say that it wasn't her "father's" idea to begin with?). Even so, it's not like Abby stopped caring for her protector once he got older, you can still see that Abby loves him, she shows concern for him the last night he goes out, and at the hospital window scene, she looks devastated to see him go out in such a bad way. As such, Abby may be more ready to start a new relationship with Owen, and won't let it turn bad, like her relationship with her "father". In the end, "Let Me In" is a dark love story between two youths. And I think it can be listed under the "Horror" and the "Romance" genres.
As for the quality of the movie. I think that everything about "Let Me In" was fantastic. The acting in this movie was flawless. Chloe Grace Moretz, who plays Abby, nailed the role of a child vampire. She was able to bring out the lighter and the darker side of a vampire, that no other actor ever could, and I think this was one of the best parts of the movie. Chloe's acting I mean. Chloe's costar, Kodi Smit-McPhee was also fantastic in his role. He was able to carry the weight of the movie on his shoulders and he did a superb job. His acting during the bullying scenes was perfect, you really felt for Owen's life. Kodi and Chloe had perfect on screen chemistry, you could feel the love connection between the two. You could see their relationship develop just by looking at the way they look at each other. The score, by Michael Giacchino, went really well with the move, it set the right emotions at the scenes. Also the directing, cinematography, and visual effects were really well done in this film. Luckily, they didn't go overboard with CGI, and I think that's great. So I think "Let Me In" was a very quality film, and definitely a film worth checking out for horror, and romance fans alike.
10 out of 10