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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Movie Watch: Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie based on the novel of the same name. Think of Twilight, only with some serious literary punch to it. The story follows Oskar, a young bullied boy, and his relationship with Eli - who is quickly apparent to be none of those things.

It's a slow and gripping movie. There are scenes full of nothing but subtext and you get a grounded look into Oskar's life before the action really takes hold - and the payoff in the end is excellent.

We'd recommend watching the subtitles, we were warned against the dubs and mistakenly watched the first ten minutes with them - and the voice acting is just not up to par and doesn't pace well with the movie as a whole.

An American version is due out in a couple of years, but I'd recommend getting the original on your plate before it hits. I can't imagine that the plot will remain unscathed for mainstream American culture. Considering the vast amount of time we spend on the love between a 12 year old boy and a rather androgynous vampire, I can only hope the remake doesn't end up being Twilight Lite.

Highly recommend.

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