"How old are you?"
"Twelve...more or less"
Today's review is a suggested movie by a fellow friend and filmmaker, Ken Sullivan: Let the Right One In. I've wanted to watch this adolescent vampire tale for quite some time now, and I was more than eager to take on Ken's suggestion.
A Swedish film, this is simply a gorgeous film, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the upcoming thriller, The Snowman), and is based on a book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
I love the fact that the author is Swedish AND he adapted the film to script. Alfredson knew very little about horror, and especially vampires, so kudos to him to allow Lindqvist to pen the script.
Without spoiling the story, let me set up the premise. Oskar, a young boy, is a child of divorce, living with him mom and granted the occasional visit from his father. He goes to school, endures bullying as a meek boy, and soon becomes entranced with the new girl who moves into the same building.
This girl is Eli, and is a "young" vampire. The entire film and story involves the relationship between Oskar and Eli. And, wow, the story itself is near pitch perfect. It's a rare talent to become truly invested in the characters and in their lives.
Add to that the gorgeous visuals, and thanks to an alluring combination of scenery, wardrobe, makeup, and color grading, this one is a gem, folks. Destined to be a classic, it's worth rewatching time and again. You can check it out now on Hulu and Shudder.
Ken, you picked out a great one, dude. I give this one 7/8 bits.