Hey…guess what? We’re back to our regularly-scheduled silliness ’round these parts, and last night we watched our first movie in a couple of weeks. (We’re going to have some catching up to do…) Courtesy of our 2 hours of streaming available through Netflix, we had the opportunity to view a 2008 Swedish film, Let The Right One In.
What can I say? I was in the mood for something supernatural, having exhausted my annual quota of “Too Real to Be Good”. Joe had a couple set aside in the queue that he was interested in and this is what I chose: “Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies, spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. But things change when he meets a new girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in their small Swedish village, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormentors.” (Description courtesy of Netflix.)
Okay…vampires. I’m going to admit something really embarrassing…I’ve read the Vampire Books. All four of them in about 30 seconds flat. I devoured them like the Cullens devour cougars or elk or whatever they eat. Please do not judge me. I also may or may not have gone out of my way to see the two films that have thus far been made. I would most definitely not kick Taylor Lautner out of bed for eating crackers.
The books are pretty terrible and the movies worse still, so when I saw this movie I thought, “This vampire flick has to be better than Twilight.” And oh boy, was it. It was visually satisfying and then some, even without shirtless werewolves. The vampire thing was almost incidental…the story’s focus was really the relationship that develops between these two misfit kids. Okay, so one is not technically a kid so much as a very old vampire in a kid’s body, but let’s not split hairs. Their connection is sweet in spite of the dark and sometimes grisly things that happen around them.
I pretty much despise most films in the horror genre because they too often rely on gross bloodiness or startling tactics to horrify. This movie, while it had its moments, does not fit this model. It must be the Swedishness. It was just a lovely little film about adolescents, one a vampire. Oh…and lots of scenic eye candy. I’m not sure how, but this movie made me pine for snow and frosty trees, and I live in MN.
So, in conclusion…a really beautiful, haunting movie. Subtle and ambiguous. I really recommend it, and don’t want to say too much more about it in case you watch it yourself (and if you plan to, I also recommend not reading about it much beforehand…just sit down and watch.)
A night with Joe and a movie and simply being together was just what we needed after this last 10 days of difficulty and sadness. And when it was time to pick back up my everyday life with its everyday indulgences, I’m pretty sure I let the right one in.