Let the Right One In (aka Låt den rätte komma in)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Swedish Vampire flick. If I just ruined it for you, then you really didn't know what you were getting into in the first place, so shame on you. I prefer to keep spoilers to a minimum, and I continue to do so with this review. But a general premise is usually known going in beforehand, and there really is no ther way to preface this other than as a Swedish vampire flick. Which basically means it's going to be pretty grim, by American standards. And it is. Those crazy Swedes need more daylight or heat or McDonald's or something, because from their films I've seen over the years, well, pretty fucked up. Or honest. Too many years of repetitve tripe in American cinema seems to have dulled the palette a bit, so to say...
Opening in the cold and snow of modernish Swedetown (I'm assuming rather typical, don't know, haven't been there yet to verify. Seemed a bit more 80s than anything else, though), an isolated boy with a somewhat dark frame of mind ends up befriending the new girl that moves into the apartment next door. At about 15 minutes into the movie the general thought is, "yeah, this can't end well." But regardless the results over the rest of the film, it's told in a pretty intriguing and low-key manner, and done well by the principle actors. Which are kids, btw. Which really does put it into that much more interesting frame of mind as the events play out.
Great story, overall. There is a character that makes you wonder about their overall intelligence at first, but I think it ultimately comes down to frame of mind and what someone is willing to do under extreme circumstances. And that really is consistent throughout. Minimal but effective use of effects throughout, it just reinforces the dark drama that unfolds. Does it 'end well'? Take a look for yourself and decide. If the above brief description sounds even the least bit intriguing to you, it should be worth it.
Great Scene: Subtle display of a vampire's strength set up through a nicely framed shot at a hospital.
Media Notes: Netflix Streaming HD. This really did look fantastic. Unfortunately it had to buffer a few times throughout, but it made for opportunity to grab another beer, and was actually always back up pretty quickly. And to note, the movie is in Swedish, so subtitles are always present. Rent a disc if you want the blasphemed english track subbed in.