When it was first announced, the American remake of the critically acclaimed Let the Right One In was met with “boos”. Lots of “boos”. But now that the film is done, and the reviews are trickling in, “cheers” is a better description of the reaction. Great when a filmmaker confounds expectations.
Bloody Disgusting sets the tone:
Ultimately, if the Swedish version is near perfection, Matt Reeves’s version achieves complete supremacy. Masterpiece is an overused word, but it’s hard to think of another so powerful. Let Me In is the new standard for vampire movies.
IGN offers a similar sentiment:
Touching and terrifying in equal measure, Let Me In, is every bit as good as the Swedish original, meaning that we now have two masterful takes on the same story, both of which deserve and demand to be seen.
What I do know is that while neither film is perfect both are pretty damn good and a host of people unfamiliar with the story are about to get a treat.
Let the Right One In was one of the best films of 2008. Let Me In is one of the best films of 2010.