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Gavin Grades The Movies

Let Me In

Here's an interesting question that I get different responses to from everyone I ask: Should a movie that's a remake be considered for the Oscar for Best Picture?  I've thought about this for a while and I'll hold off on giving you my answer.  The reason why I ask is because this film is a remake by Swedish filmmaker Thomas Alfredson.  It was subtitled and called Let the Right One In and it was a masterpiece.  It was overlooked by all those that are in a position to hand out accolades for films but grew to be one of the most respected horror movies of all time among critics.  Let Me In is its American doppelganger and this time it's directed by Matt Reeves who literally amazed me with his first movie Cloverfield.  When I heard they were even going to make this movie, I cringed at the idea.  But when I saw that the cast was the heartbreaking Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and the intense-beyond-her-years Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, (500) Days of Summer) as the young lovebirds I started to drink the Kool-Aid.  I chugged it though when I saw Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (Eat Pray Love, Burn After Reading) and the totally underrated Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, The Killer Inside Me) were rounding out the cast as the adults.  The basic premise of the movie is about two kids falling in love but one is a vampire and one is a human.  I know what you're thinking but trust me...this is NOTHING like Twilight.  Think of this as Twilight without the bad acting, cheesy melodrama and, most importantly, for adults.  It's difficult to classify this as a horror when it's so much more, but gruesome and bloody it certainly is.  It's not scary and it won't make you jump though.  It's as close to blurring the line between drama, horror and art as you can get.  This is not for mass consumption; the great films rarely are.  It's filled with symbolism, color-theming, subtle performances, and meaningful subtext...all the stuff that doesn't usually go over well with crowds.  However, Reeves brings an almost fresh feel to the film.  There are times when it's a shot-for-shot remake and other times where he put his own fingerprint on it and amused me.  Sadly some material was taken out, I'm guessing because it was too confusing or shocking for American audiences.  Too bad because it was a scene that made me go "What the f**k did I just see?!"  (If you're really curious just rent the Swedish version.  It's toward the end.)  To answer my question I asked earlier, I think this should be considered for Best Picture.  Not so much because of the accomplishments this film had on its own but how it could represent the first one as well.  There is just enough in this version to make it it seem original but not enough for me to give it the A+ its predecessor earned.  Hopefully though this version will draw enough people to make Hollywood know that there is an audience out there for smart, subtle, sad horror and it doesn't all have to be a sequel to Saw. Let Me In (Rated R) Gavin Grade: A Click here to win free tickets to see Life as We Know It

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