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Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In is possibly the only truly exceptional film of the recent craze of vampire movies. Set in Sweden during the 1980s, it tells the story of Oskar, a 12-year old outcast who meets Eli, a girl of the same age. However he soon discovers she is vampire who needs the help of others to maintain a supply of fresh blood.
The film is based on the book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which falls more into the horror genre. Whilst the film remains very faithful to the source, it focuses more on the child characters’ complex relationship but still keeps its macabre tone. Its set design looks beautiful, but it is the detailed sound effects of the movie that particularly stand out. Despite the vampire genre now being a vast one, the plot and story is very original – and is so clever you’ll wonder how no-one had previously thought of this idea.
Despite having only come out in 2009, an American remake named Let Me In will be released later this year. In my opinion it’ll take a massive effort to compete with the quality of the original.
Thought I’d make a post just to say that I watched Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass today in the cinema – and it was even better than I had ever expected. Based on a relatively new comic series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenager who decides to become a superhero, despite having no personal motive, powers or training. Once he starts his mission, he not only realises the danger of being an amateur hero, but that he is not alone. For he soon meets the highly-trained superhero duo of Big Daddy and his eleven-year old daughter Hit-Girl; and undercover superhero Red Mist, a fellow teen desperate to win the appreciation of his mob boss father.
The film is excellent in terms of storyline, choreography and costume design. There’s also a nice sequence using the original comic book imagery, and the soundtrack includes Prodigy, Gnarls Barkley, Sparks and Primal Scream. It’s especially hard to believe that the film was turned down by every major Hollywood studio! Instead, it was up to British studio Marv Films, who have previously released the movies Layer Cake and Harry Brown.