Fans were incensed when it was announced that an American remake of the Swedish masterpiece Let the Right One In, was going into production. Then, when the first stills were released with Chloe Moretz, (who had since become a much-too-young geek goddess, thanks to her role as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) tunes started to change.
This morning, UK time, Deadline posted the first look at the international trailer for the Matt Reeves-directed remake of the brilliant Tomas Alfredson film. My first thought is that is appears much more subdued and faithful than I’d have expected from the director of Cloverfield. The cinematography is beautiful, the child actors look solid, and the setting seems very similar. The style seems a little more flashy and the tone seems a little more amped-up from the original’s creepy slow burn, but that could just be the music and editing of the trailer. All in all, it looks as if this movie could actually be good.
I’m not someone that automatically hates remakes because I am always up for exploration and experimentation in film. The medium is supposedly a melding of art and commerce, but nine times out of ten, movies come firmly down on the side making money. So, if Gus Van Sant wants to take a huge risk and remake a classic property, like Psycho, because he wants to try something that has never been attempted, I’m all for the experimentation, even if the final outcome is less than impressive.
On the other hand, when a remake is a blatant cash grab to capitalize on nostalgia, like the barrage of announced board game, video game, and comic book movies or the upcoming rehashes of Monster Squad or Edward Scissorhands, I’m more easily annoyed.
For me, having now seen the trailer, Let Me In seems to fall somewhere in the middle. If this was an original movie, I would be excited. So, why shouldn’t I be excited if the remake looks good? What do you think of the trailer? Does this give you confidence in Let Me In?