Saturday, January 10, 2009

Let the Right One In

This movie wasn't really what I expected. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I got. I guess I didn't think it was going to be quite as slow as it was. That's not a complaint though.

I loved the quiet tension and the way the frozen, wintery landscape framed the story. Not only because it's a refreshing change from the overheated, Gothic-lite Louisiana setting that I associate with modern vampire stories--so was Twilight, although it was less effective--but because that hushed, snow-coated world seems much more frightening to me.

I was skeptical of the reviews claiming the movie was both scary and touching, but I did find that I agreed. Although not, to my relief, all that scary. Or gory. I don't do particularly well with scary movies. I was also relieved that it was so good, as I'd gotten friends to come with me and I'm always worried that people won't enjoy things I ask them to go to with me. Fortunately they liked it as much as I did.


andrew said...

I know I'm waaay late to the party on this one, but I'm so jealous that you got to see this, Meg! It wasn't playing anywhere near me so I'll be waiting for it's DVD release in March. Glad to hear that it was an enjoyable film. Can't wait to see it.

Meg said...

I'm glad you're planning to see it, Andrew. I think you'll really like it! (I think everyone I know who's seen it has enjoyed it so I'm not exactly going too far out on a limb there.)

andrew said...

Meg! After commenting here on Friday I went and did a little digging. Turns out there's a small theater downtown here that was screening it this week only. We were able to catch it just in time (it's last day) on Saturday!

What a fantastic movie. If anyone had told me that the best vampire movie of the past 10 years would star two children and would contain almost no violence, I would have called 'em a liar.

I'll definitely still pick this one up on DVD in March.

Meg said...

I'm so happy you guys enjoyed it. And caught it just in time. How lucky!