September 30, 2010

Justify My Netflix: Let the Right One In

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

Let the Right One In

Today's movie: Let the Right One In, 2008 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because I'm constantly seeing the nerds at call this 2008 Swedish movie one of the best horror films of all time; plus a high-profile Hollywood version is just about to be released; plus an instant streaming version of it is available at Netflix; so I thought I'd finally see what all the hype was about.

The reality: Oh, it was okay, you know? Although I'm not sure if it's fair to call this an actual horror movie, but maybe rather a relationship drama that simply has some gruesome supernatural elements; because when all is said and done, the film's not really about its infamous bloodthirsty little-girl vampire serving as the main character, but rather about the sense of alienation and crippling loneliness she feels for being the only one of her kind (that she knows of, anyway), living a self-loathing secret life in a low-class housing project until finally forming a tender friendship with her same-aged neighbor, a sickly loser who bears much of the brunt of his school's gang of bullies. As such, then, there are plenty of moments within the film in which to cheer, as the two help to make each other's lives just a little better than before, but with those cheers too easily gained -- because really, who wouldn't cheer at the sight of a twelve-year-old girl suddenly going all feral on the local bully's ass? It's a crowd-pleaser for sure, but at the expense of what could've been a much smarter and more interesting script; and it's easy to see why Hollywood executives are busy licking their chops over the coming English-language version, because its simplistic revenge story combined with a smattering of stunning special effects give it the possibility of becoming another giant sleeper hit along the lines of The Ring. It for sure comes recommended, but do try to keep your expectations low going into it, and ignore all the gushing "second coming of horror" exclamations at places like Aint It Cool News.

Strangest piece of trivia: This movie's title is a direct reference to the Morrissey song "Let The Right One Slip In."

Worth your time? Kinda

P.S. And here's the trailer for the American version, just to show you how much of a shot-for-shot remake it's going to be.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:53 AM, September 30, 2010. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |