5 comments on “Let the Right One In

  1. Good review. I’m glad I kept pestering you. 🙂

    I could go on and on about this movie, but I’ll just add a few quick things that I like about it:

    1) The music — unobtrusive, but always setting the proper mood

    2) The cinematography — this is one great looking movie, perfect for the relaxed pace that you mentioned

    3) The two leads, of course — it took a year of auditions to find them, and they are amazing

    4) There’s a whole subtext which was apparently much clearer in the book but which is present here, too (though it was removed completely from the American remake), which is that Eli is really a boy, and this adds a whole other level to some of her conversations with Oskar.

    5) I really liked that ill-fated group of local drunks. I guess some things are the same across different cultures, because they seemed very familiar to me. 🙂 And that means you really feel for them as things start to happen.

    I could go on, but I’ll restrain myself. 🙂

    • Thanks for pestering me. 🙂 Such a great movie and you are right about all those points. I too loved that poor group of local drunks, and the guy with the cats. I always love unexpectedly great minor characters.

      • The Hollywood remake was pretty good too (it might qualify as “very good” if you’d never seen the original). But it loses the neighborhood drunks (they’re pretty much ciphers), and the music is annoying rather than sublime.

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