LET ME IN opens with a mix of disjointed images: a man in an ambulance burned by acid, a detective questioning the man in the hospital, a phone call from the man’s daughter interrupting the interrogation, the wind howling as the man jumps out of the hospital window, and finally himself a note with the words, “I’m sory Abby”.
The film’s lighting is amazing. In each scene, we’re treated to a new shade of color: red, yellow, blue, black and white. The colors reflect the mood, atmosphere, and action of the scene in grim detail. It’s also riddled with David Bowie songs (takes place in the 1980s), which I find incredibly amusing given the subject matter of the film.
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen, and Chloë Grace Moretz as Abby, are brilliant and ridiculously adorable, even with the surrounding horrific events and questionable suspects behind them. The love between young Owen and Abby develops into a Romeo and Juliet story - the same play they’re reading in Owen’s class as well as watching - but it’s a love story with a severe twist. You’ll have to watch the film to find out what.
Overall, despite being a little slow on the first half, it’s worth the watch.
Have you seen LET ME IN? What do you think of a horror twist on a Romeo and Juliet style story?