“ …Tomas Alfredson made art out of Let The Right One In. Alfredson took the slow-burn pace of Lindqvist’s script and created some stunning Mise-en-scéne, certainly the best I’ve seen from modern vampire movies. Let The Right One In moved slowly, had little dialogue and even less ambient music, but every frame told a distinct story and every scene alluded to so much more than what was simply on the surface.”
I wanted to open my take on the most excellent film Let Me In with these quotes from the Screen Rant website not only because I disagree with them but the general tone of the comments are fine samples of the way movie bloggers often write when they compare American cinema to European cinema. They just can’t avoid terms like “mise-en-scene” (here made more pretentious by the inclusion of the adjective “stunning”) as if simply because a director or cinematographer is American they can’t possibly properly frame a shot. And that “…every scene alluded to so much more than what was simply on the surface.” is a little too much to swallow. It is gilding the lily a wee bit too much for me. Now, let me be clear, I thought Let the Right One In was one of the best horror films I had seen in a long time . I have seen it about three times and plan on watching it again soon with the wife. But the return of Hammer production -which is, of course, a British/European company- is as good as the original if not better, and that is saying a lot. However, I am not going to dismiss the remake as even slightly inferior on the grounds that it was “…a shiny and polished Hollywood product…”. Yea, who wants to see a polished film, and yes, the American version is much more polished and tight. My feeling about the matter has been that it is not that European films are so much better than American ones but that American films are no worse than European ones. And I tend to really enjoy European cinema quite a bit, all those subtle existential nuances American filmmakers are incapable of, but I have never seen it as superior. Just because the director may drink his tea with his pinky extended does not make him a genius. Now that I have gotten that out of my system lets look at this excellent American remake of an excellent European film. Or to be more precise, the American adaptation of the Swedish vampire novel Låt den Rätte Komma, by John Ajvide Lindqvist –who also wrote the screenplay for the original film- that translates into something akin to the titles of the two films. The article will not be a qualitative comparison of the two films since both are equally excellent and highly recommended.