Let Me In – Review

I feel like I’m supposed to say that the original was way better and the remake has Americanised and ruined the entire film, but it hasn’t.

Let the Right One In was a brilliant adaptation of a novel, but with Let Me In, Matt Reeves has tweaked and ultimately improved that adaptation to bring a dark, subtle horror/love story to the screen.

The only other film I have seen by Reeves was Cloverfield, which with its “found footage” style, gives no real indication of his directing style. In Let Me In he uses a lot of long slow shots to build tension and develop a slow pace which makes the moments of horror and violence all the more intense, even if we don’t actually see that much.

Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee are superb as the two children, outcasts gradually connecting in a seemingly innocent way but with undertones of violence and sexual curiosity. And for once Moretz doesn’t say “pussy”.

Let Me In is perhaps a bit too slow at the start, but as a whole is a chilling story which leaves you questioning whether the story is one of love or horror.

Let Me In is on general release 5th November 2010.

Cloverfield Has Prequel for a Day

Yesterday it was all over the internet that Cloverfield had a sequel/prequel and that the trailer for it would be shown in America before Iron Man 2 from this Friday. This was due to the fact that the trailer involved some kids watching some Super 8 footage back and seeing an alien.

More recently JJ Abrams has revealed that the trailer is in fact for a new, completely separate secret project and that we’ll have to wait to find out what it is. The film is called, I think, Super 8, and as with Cloverfield the fact that he’s made it this far without anyone knowing a thing is impressive and a little bit exciting.