If there ever was an award for the most pointless remake in history Let Me In would win in a landslide. Taking a near perfect film, an instant classic, and remaking for profit just two years after the original is undeniably stupid. Hate me, yell at me, whatever. This is a near exact carbon copy remake of the original – minus the subtleties, plus CGI, deformed faces, and a random sex scene. In other words, this version was made for a different kind of audience – the kind who fill seats and buy popcorn. I think the official term for that group is “sheeple.”
And if you don’t believe that consider this quote from one of the producers, “To be honest with you, that picture (the original) grossed $2 million. It’s not like we’re remaking Lawrence of Arabia.” Yes, in America, we rape ideas if there is potential to make some moola. Further proof? The producers of the remake supposedly misinformed and unwittingly tricked the novelist into selling the rights to create a comic book. Now, I am sure the author had a chance to review the contract completely, but c’mon, this reeks of greed and shadiness. Hooray for money-grubbing and deceit!
Alright, off my soapbox. I watched this movie…all the way to the end. It was exactly like the original in almost all aspects. Curiously, Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) took credit for writing this movie. An audacious move if there ever was one.
The plot centers on Abby (Side note: I love girls named Abby, regardless of the spelling) and Owen – two kids about 12 years old. It’s a love story, it’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s cold and calculated. Abby is a vampire. Owen is not. The cinematography is haunting and stunning. The emotional ride is both scary and powerful. No doubt, this is a well-made and disturbing horror film.
But, if you have seen the original masterpiece then there is little to no point in seeing this film. This is a feeble-minded, inferior, lost-in-translation version of one of the best horror films of all time. Blarf. Save yourself and watch the original or read the book.
Snore Factor: ZZZ (easy to sleep to if you have seen the original)