Friday, 27 April 2012

Movie Date: Låt den rätte komma in

Vampire is a widely popular theme these days thanks to Stephanie Meyer with her Twilight series. It has, in my opinion, though, killed the sole idea of vampires as we know it. The society today -- the younger generation at most -- has been divided into the haters and the lovers of this series. I fall into the hater, just so you know. But let's not get into the detail. My vampire criteria is more something off Interview With The Vampire or True Blood -- although I don't follow this series. Now, introducing my very favourite vampire movie ever, Låt den rätte komma in!

You probably know it better as Let The Right One In—as is the english title for this film. The Americans have made an english version of this called Let Me In which stars Chloë Moretz. I haven't watched this one but I have fallen in love with the original one that I don't think I'd want to watch the american one. Other than the fact that this young love story is adorably sweet yet intricately bloody, it is also in Swedish, a language that I can't speak in. That adds a cultural bonus point to it. Although this movie was released in 2008, I think the story takes place in a different as anything there looks to...old for 2008. But I love the vintage feel to it, reminds me of how simple life used to be like.

Låt den rätte komma in tells the story of two 12-year-olds who are lumped in together by fate. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy who keeps getting bullied in school and has no friends...until one night he meets Eli, a 12-year-old girl who just moves in next door. At first they aren't interested in each other but they keep hanging out at the jungle gym in front of their building and meeting with each other. Slowly but surely, their friendship starts to bloom. They are each other's only friends. Eli lives with her father, just the two of them. Every night her father goes out and collects blood for her to consume. One night, though, he almost gets caught and decides to acidify his own face so that he can't talk or fess up about Eli. It is so adorable when Oskar finds out. The title comes from the fact that Eli can't get into a place without being invited in by the people inside. One day, she goes to Oskar's and Oskar dares her to come in intrusively, without him having to let her come in. She ends up bleeding from every end of her body.

This is just the sweetest and most innocent vampire love story I have ever watched. It is adorable how Oskar never had a hesitation moment even after finding out the truth about Eli. He kept hugging her and not wanting her to get hurt. Eli is, by far, my most favourite vampire. She has that smile that is both mischievous and naïve. Oh, yeah, this film was originally from a book written by John Ajvide Lindqvist and published 4 years earlier. It is in Swedish, though, but it's also available in english and probably also many other languages. Have a great Friday and marvelous weekend, all! Cheerio!

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