4.5/5 - From what I already knew (and I knew quite a bit more than I wished), I was expecting Let the Right One In to be a mystery/horror film about a vampire that starts terrorizing a mostly peaceful neighborhood. But to my pleasant surprise, what I got was one of the most tender and heartwarming love stories I've seen on screen, that just so happened to be enveloped in chilling bloody aura of slowburn horror.
One of the most striking horror films of the last decade plus 'Let the Right One In' may well become a classic horror film that melds the coming of age story well with vampire lore. The young performers are magnificent as is the scripting which is mature and reflective.
In a way I'm seeing this a less of a vampire film and the birth and nurturer of a psychopath killer with the lead boy. Seriously watch it again and look out for the signs it'll disturb you in a different way. It's the little touches in the film, there's an uncanny valley moments with the vampire with clever sound and camera work that she's a genuine beast hiding underneath that innocence. A vampire horror masterpiece
Swedish winter serves as a perfect setting for this lovely story about making small places of peace in spite of hostility from without and within. Minor tangents distract—the film is at its best when it's quietly observing these kids to Söderqvist's excellent, subtle score. One to cherish.
Nice colours and cinematography. Different approach to the gore / horror / vampire stuff (the blood collecting, the transformation into a vampire, the acid suicide, the attack of the cats). The pool scene was really great. Still, boring characters (I mean all of them) - cold, as well as the relationships between them.
Fairytales usually have a subtext (however simplistic), but this one, despite some nice touches here and there of poetry, went right by me...the 1001 Movies book suggested a subtext about immigration, but that's reaching, imo. this is basically a love story about barely pubescent kids, crossed with a nicely subtle vampire story. all in all an overrated, but not bad either, tale of outsiders...the maudlin strings! Ugh