Friday, October 8, 2010

Let Me In

Well here I am again. Surprised twice in the same week.

As I sat with my friend in an empty theatre and watched this film evolve before my eyes, it came to me that this kind of film is rarely given a chance in a small one cinema city like the one I frequent and call home. Rather this is the type of film that would be lucky to see the light of day even the second time around (and not without winning an Oscar or two). But here it was in its early days of release and boy was I happy.

This film of contrasting worlds is fantastic. Being of the hottest topic in current film I have to say it leaves its blood thirsty competitors in their caskets. What sets this film apart is the well developed characters that you can actually care about. Not to mention, scenes of suspense, creepy desperate acts of survival and a story you could actually buy into. The love story was atypical but more convincing then most. Even more impressive is that the love was without sex and between two unlikely twelve years olds. One gawky kid that is picked on at school and a sure and confident undead with a heart. The rally friendly relationship between the two lead characters was easier to accept as it was born through lonliness and a need for acceptance and understanding. Not the typical relationship dreamt up by producers to fit two poster teens in love tortured angst used to sell tickets to the masses. This unique view permits us an insight into the characters' every intention, while we root for their happiness.

'Fresh', best describes how every aspect of this genre is treated. For example, it was nice to see that an ageless, invulnerable can actually suffer from isolation and longing for human contact and normalcy.

I also want to mention that this is a remake of a Swedish film and that it was directed by sophomore Matt Reeves whose debut Cloverfield got lots of buzz for its originality and marketing strategies. The cast is highlighted by a perfectly vulnerable portrayal of the lead character Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (the boy in The Road) and the haunting co-lead Abby played by Chloe Moretz (who previously hit the mark with the home-made super-hero kid in Kick-Ass).

Let me share with everyone that even if you typically stay clear of the horror and suspense genre, this film should be the exception because of its good story, writing, acting and general good taste. If you are lucky enough to see this at a theatre, jump at it, otherwise make sure to pick it up in DVD. Then pass the word.

No comments:

Post a Comment