Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ U.S. remake of the beloved Swedish vampire drama, Let the Right One In, is very good. The problem is, it’s hard to love it if you’ve seen the original film. The two are almost identical, virtually shot-for-shot. This is not to suggest that Let Me In is undeserving of its critical love, or of a strong box office performance during its October release. However, the audience that loves Let the Right One In, won’t find much that’s new here. One scene, a well-crafted and suspenseful moment involving Richard Jenkins’ guardian character and a car, is remarkable. This sequence is not only great, but also not part of the Swedish film.
It’s almost as though Let Me In was worth making if only for that one memorable sequence. Otherwise, dialogue and development are pretty much what you saw in Let the Right One In. Of course, by Hollywood standards, hardly anyone has seen Let the Right One In, and Let Me In will almost certainly gross more in its opening day than the original film made during its entire arthouse release ($2.1 million in the U.S.). So, what does it matter? Shouldn’t a worthwhile remake be applauded? I stand conflicted on the matter.