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Let Me In DVD Review

“Let Me In” is one of those rare remakes that is better than the original.

“Let Me In” (an adapatation of and a remake of the Sweedish book/film “Let The Right One In”) takes place in New Mexico in the year 1983. The story opens on a young boy named Owen who is unahppy about the divorce of his parents and the fact that he is tormented and bullied by fellow classmates at school. Owen’s life becomes turned upside down, however, when a mysterious young girl (Abby) and an older man move into the apartment next door. As it turns out, Owen and Abby become close friends, but Owen soon becomes conflicted when he learns that Abby is a murderous vampire.

I know I’m in the minority on this, but I wasn’t a fan of “Let The Right One In”. I thought it was a cold, artsy film that I couldn’t connect with. With the remake, however, the story and characters simply work better thanks to writer/director Matt Reeves and actors Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Reeves (who directed the nauseating “Cloverfield”) takes a complete 360 here with “Let Me In”. He has written an honest dark, non-Hollywood script that has a lot to say about childhood and vampire mythos (the non sparkly kind). As for his direction, there’s some dazzling imagery here that I’ve never seen before (such as the superbly done pool sequence near the end). I’m definitely curious to see what his next project will be.

As for the cast, Moretz (“Kick-Ass”) and Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) continue to shine. Smit-McPhee has certainly matured as an actor since the underrated “The Road,” and Chloe Grace Moretz is a rising star who I can easily see becoming an Oscar winner one day.

Praise aside, the film does have its faults. First and foremost, the CGI is mostly awful. The cartoony vampire attacks are so poorly done that they borderline on comedic. These should not have been improved for the final cut of the film period. Secondly, I found the music to be overpowering and distracting which didn’t fit the film at all. These may be minor complaints in the grand scheme of things, but these flaws do stick out like a sore thumb.

Summary: It may not be for everyone, but I’d recommend checking out “Let Me In”.

The 2.40:1 widescreen picture quality gets a thumbs up from this reviewer. The film boasts an interesting color palette that looks superb on DVD. I’m sure it even looks better on Blu.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is a little noisy for my taste. The loud score/music were a little too distracting for my taste.

Extras:
* Inside the DVD case is issue one of the comic book titled “Let Me In: Crossroads”.
* Poster gallery.
* 2 “Let me In” trailers as well as other Anchor Bay film trailers.
* 3 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Matt Reeves.

* “The Art Of Special Effects”- A look at the various stages of the visual f/x. To be honest, certain f/x shots are the weakest thing about this film.
* “Car Crash Sequence Step-By-Step”- Self-explanatory.
* “From The Inside: A Look At The Making Of Let Me In”- A solid making of featurette complete with interviews, discussions about the book and film, etc.
* Commentary by Matt Reeves. A decent commentary in which Reeves honestly talks about his version of the story.

February 10, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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