Let the Right Film In

If you thought it would be an unbearably long time before another Pan’s Labyrinth hit the screens, think again, and don’t wait another day to rent Let the Right One In. I’d vaguely heard of this months ago, but had no idea it was supposed to be so good. It’s a Swedish film about a vampire girl who bonds with a 12-year old boy bullied by his classmates, and in so doing these pariahs manage to heal each others’ wounds. This reviewer puts it nicely:

“Think Twilight, but directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring twelve-year-olds instead of teens then you’ll have a good idea what to expect… Let the Right One In is the best vampire movie since, well, forever.”

In other words, it’s as good as Twilight is embarrassingly bad, and that’s, well, really all that needs to be said by way of review.

It has an incredible 98% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, topping even Labyrinth’s 96%. Because this is a 2008 film, I guess I’m going to have to revise my recent pick list — and entertain seriously the idea that it ousts The Dark Knight from the #1 slot!

2 thoughts on “Let the Right Film In

  1. Nice that you discovered this film. I liked it too. But believe it or not; many people here in Sweden claim that the original book by John Ajvide Lindqvist is even better than the film. There is also a rumour that an american remake of the swedish film is on the way. Oosh!!

  2. I’ve heard about the remake, and I shudder to think of it. Remember what happened to <>The Vanishing<>? The original Dutch film was flawless (< HREF="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1036630-vanishing/" REL="nofollow">100%<> critical approval rating), and Hollywood butchered it (< HREF="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1042295-vanishing/" REL="nofollow">43%<> approval).

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