I wholeheartedly refuse to hop on the 'original is better' bandwagon, here. "Let Me In" is eerie, patient, brooding, Kubrickian; long takes and unusual framing obscure the terror and worsen it in our imaginations. Powerfully acted by Moretz, McPhee and Jenkins. Arthouse horror at its very finest.
Remaking the brilliant Let the Right One In was unnecessary, but we can be grateful that Hollywood did not do a hack job this time. It's a remarkably faithful remake, and had I not seen the original, I would have been quite impressed. But I did see the original and that film’s dark poetry hasn’t been reproduced even if the general tone has. A bit too much of what was originally left unsaid is now said.
While it lacks some of the charm of the original, it is not a misfire like most Hollywood remakes. In fact, it has improved upon the original in some ways - while choosing to simply replay other elements. Not a total waste of time, though - fantastic atmosphere.
To counter the dramatic drop in the literacy rate of the average American moviegoer (studies show very few can read subtitles) and the sharp decline in creativity of the American film industry, Hollywood has resorted to remakes. The original movies have been simplified, both conceptually and narratively, to appeal to local audiences. Even titles have been shortened, because of reduced attention spans. For example...
I watched the Swedish version first, and in my opinion while "Let Me In" has definitely different "feel", it stands up to the original. Yes, it is more action packed, but it fits the setting and feels natural... Very good cast and acting. I was surprised in a positive way!
A great story is worth telling several times and Matt Reeves' version is obviously a very strong remake of Thomas Alfredsons still superior film. It lacks the original's emotional substance, but is visually gorgeous and actually more "artsy" and sober. Reminded me of the David Cronenberg/Peter Suschitzky collaborations. Not perfect, but there are some sequences of breathtaking cinema here. Highly recommended.
More melodramatic and obvious than the original but still remarkably restrained and well modulated. A rare solid remake. Still though, has no real reason for existing. Not sure if the emotion it evoked in me is just due to my affection for the original film and this story.