What does it take

Wed 3 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 4 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Let the Right One in Coverto get us out the house on a cold night: a film like “Let the Right One In.” Kelly had really enjoyed the novel and it’s showing at the tiny theatre in our town. It’s apparently a faithful adaptation and it’s discomforting, spooky, strange, calm, and very much worth getting out to see.

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4 Responses to “What does it take”

  1. Maureen McHugh on December 3rd, 2008 1:47 pm

    I saw it last week and it is haunting and strange. I hadn’t read the book and so saw a rather different movie than people who read the book did. But now I’m looking forward to the novel.

    The irony is that it was playing in a theater next to Twilight. Twilight is, of course, romantic in the Wuthering Heights sort of brooding way, and I am told that the vampires get twinkly in daylight. Let the Right One In follows the conventions of vampire lore much more closely, but is haunting, disturbing, and beautiful. The audiences made a nice study in contrasts.

  2. ryan on December 3rd, 2008 2:25 pm

    I really, really enjoyed this movie. It got under my skin, and was quite troubling– but overall, I found it really romantic. Damaged people and damaged vampires, and all that. Also, severed heads.

    I heard from friends that the movie was an improvement on the book, in that it left things vague and didn’t try to over explain the gender and lore things going on in the background.

    Also, it made Sweden seem even stranger than I already though… the small town looks like 1977 keeled over and died, and froze all the buildings and clothes.

  3. lcrw on December 3rd, 2008 5:02 pm

    Maureen, It’s hard not to compare the movie to Twilight, except I haven’t seen it, so that simplifies things. I really enjoyed the way that they stuck to the vampire lore — the daylight and the invitations were pretty amazing.

    Haunting is the word for it. That is one spooky kid — both kids were fantastic.

  4. Kath on December 3rd, 2008 10:18 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m glad you felt it stayed true to the book. Which was amazing. Until this very moment, I didn’t think anyone else in the US had read it.

    ~kath

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