Let Me In

Oh, I really, really wanted to enjoy Let Me In. As you know, I loved the originals: the book – Let The Right One In – and the Swedish movie of the same name. And I even relished the idea of the story reinvented the Mountain States (though I wish Colorado’s incentives had won it for Fort Collins, rather than Los Alamos, New Mexico.)

But I’m really sorry to report that I found Let Me In really disappointing. It’s well cast, (the kids are great, Richard Jenkins is creepy), beautifully lit, and well-enough paced , but it’s just feels like it’s entirely lacking the social commentary – the poverty, the alcoholism, the child abuse, the broken homes, the bullying and casual violence – that made the originals so chilling and so immediate. They even chickened out of the icky sex change business. So I was disappointed. Disappointed.

Los Alamos does well out of the movie though, it’s front and centre of the action – a smart PR move by the town, proving that even bad publicity is good publicity. Details of filming on location via the link.

Let Me In

Whilst on the subject of remakes, the US version of the creepy Swedish chiller “Let the Right One In” is also nearing our screens. Made by the same guy who made Cloverfield, it was originally slated to shoot in beloved Colorado, but ended instead in incentives-rich New Mexico. Clearly understanding the maxim that “No Publicity is Bad Publicity”, the host town of Los Alamos has even allowed itself to be named in a movie that features (if the original was anything to go by) alcoholism, child abuse, bullying, pedophilia, poverty and gangs – let alone the small problem of Vampires in their midst. In the spirit of July 4th, I shall be generous and allow that Americans may be able to pull off English language versions of good foreign movies (even if Death at a Funeral sometimes proves they don’t even get the English bit right). The trailer looks like it rocks.