October 3rd, 2010

dracula gilbert

More about Let Me In

I have a bad habit, when writing about a movie, to pick an issue I think is interesting and then discuss that. The problem is, if it's a new movie that people haven't really seen yet, they end up thinking that that's all that's in the movie. This time around, I got a lot of "What about tenderness and longing and needing to be accepted!" Having not seen the original (and yes, I really want to), I didn't know what I needed to mention in particular. Because, actually, I thought people would complain that Let Me In is too sentimental compared to Let the Right One In; there is a lot of longing, particularly on Abby's part (which is what people seemed to want to know), but also--well. Spoilers. So, since we had a really good discussion in the comments yesterday, I want to post some of the highlights of that and discuss some of those things: Collapse )


I promise that when I see Let the Right One In, I'll come back and we'll discuss that as well. The thematic focus of the two movies seems different enough that I think we'll have a lot to discuss. (And no, I don't think Let Me In will knock it from the Great Horror Movie pantheon in any way. There's a reason I only use one tag whether I'm discussing the original or the new version.) The new one has sort of a golden, Spielberg-esque tone at times--the Two Kids In Love times--that I suspect differentiates it from the original, and probably weakens the impact a good bit--makes it a bit less haunting. But I did find myself thinking about Let Me In all night, which means it succeeds on a certain, important level. And even if you love the original, I think the new one's worth seeing for the very different take it has on the Abby/caretaker relationship, which is what I found myself thinking about the most.

Today's #leavingthehouseomg: The Social Network. See you around this evening.



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