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hoop-tober 2.0: film 6
i'm sure most of you will disagree with the following sentence but hey this is my review. matt reeve's let me in is a better film than tomas alfredson's let the right one in. this second adaption of the equally brilliant book just blew me away.
having read the book i can say that this is the best adaptation that is out there. it removes characters and scenes and locations and replaces them with alternates that make this version flow perfectly. gone is sweden and a group of swedish friends who discover the sinister secrets of the new neighbours. gone is the love story between two friends and gone is the neighbourhood kid who lives in the same block as our protagonist. instead we get a film that rather than cutting anything out from the book it modifies it so that it still flows perfectly well.
that is something the swedish version did not do. it followed the book to the letter and therefore tried to fit maybe a bit to much in. another thing the swedish version did was change the tone of the book. it made it a slow, tragic, depressing vampire story. this version is the opposite. it's fast, it's furious, it's energetic and even though i knew the whole story i couldn't wait to see what would happen next and how it would play out on the screen in front of me.
the cast here is phenomenal, the sets and locations are gorgeous to behold, the effects are top notch for a low budget film and like the swedish film the cinematography is to die for (if maybe a tad dark at times).
matt reeves has done the impossible. he has taken a book that is to good to be true and turned it into a movie that is just as good (and better than the highly acclaimed swedish original). he has made a taught, energetic, smart adaption, cutting loose characters combining others and in essence removing much of the book but keeping just enough to make it feel right.
i can't believe how good this movie was. i didn't expect it to be this good but it is and it has made reeves (along with dawn of the planet of the apes) one of my most favourite new directors. there is a scene here when someone is being murdered. another someone is watching. between the murder and the other someone is a door. the person being murdered reaches up to the other someone in pain, in fear, in anguish. the other someone reaches out and instead of grabbing the outstretched hand, they close the door. this sequence was framed perfectly, looked perfect and blew me away. i don't think my words do it justice.
stephen king called this the best american horror movie in the last 20 years. i think i might agree.
production design: 8 out of 10
cinematography: 9 out of 10
re-playability: 10 out of 10
originality: 9 out of 10
costumes: 10 out of 10
directing: 10 out of 10
editing: 10 out of 10
acting: 9 out of 10
music: 10 out of 10
script: 9 out of 10
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