Carl the Critic: Reviews "Let The Right One In" (and why it is better than "Twilight")
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Carl the Critic: Reviews "Let The Right One In"
Experience/Expectations: I received a few emails recently from some Twilight Fans who wanted me to talk about how great the "Twilight series" is. So I decided to say that as a story, I hate what Stephanie Meyer had done to the vampires by completely re-writing the folklore in order for vampires to be things you want to become, as oppose to creature you fear, who are undead, have human emotions, and turn into disco balls when they enter into the sunlight. There are a few things about the movie itself which works well (music, and special effects specifically), but they virtually unnoticed or cared about when you are distracted by the God-Awful writing, and story, of Twilight. A lot of Twilight fans then give me crap for this saying things like:
"F*** YOU! "Twilight" is awesome! You just don't understand because you are a guy, and guys are not romantic or understand that "Twilight" is a work of genius, because there is nothing else like it" -Twilight Fan 012
But I laugh at such nonsense. Obviously this person has never seen "Let the Right One In" (or "Låt den rätte komma in"). This is a vampire story that like Twilight with the concept of forbidden love, and how a human has a love interest a vampire, but the film is done better, mainly because it actually sticks with actual folklore of vampires, and the story is much more engaging and deep.
Story: Oskar is your typical outcast who is constantly bullied in school, and has fantasies of getting back at the mean bullies violently. One night when stabbing a tree, he meets a mysterious girl named Eli. Eli had just moved next door to Oskar, and she never comes out in the daytime, she drinks blood of humans, and is not allowed to enter someone Else's home unless they invite her in (which relates to the title.) Yup she is a vampire, a pretty vampire, who Oskar really becomes very close to. The story focuses on there relationship, as well as the people the town who are potential victims of Eli's blood thrust.
Critique: So you can see that there are similarities between the "Let The Right One In" and "Twilight", but if you were to compare the two films, "Let the Right One In" is the hands down winner. The film has the better story (or at least it is told better), brilliant acting by the young talents (Especially by Lina Leandersson as Eli), the photography of the film is quite extraordinary, there are no unnecessary werewolves (I know "Twilight" Fans keep telling me that Jacob is not a werewolf, he is a "shape-shifter" but I have my doubts because he doesn't turn into anything but a wolf so I'll keep calling him that just to piss them off), the music score is chilling (both "Twilight" and "Let The Right One In" actually have a good selection of music, but "Let the Right One In" is still superior), sound design is awesome, and the film's running time is not too long or too short (it's a little less than two hours, which is just the right amount of time, as oppose to "Twilight's" two and a half hours, which makes it like a party guest who out stays his welcome).
"Let the Right One In" is not a perfect film, and there are moments that seem to drag on, but it is as closer to a perfect film, than "Twilight" which seems to be have a concept that is alright, but somewhere along the line got royally screwed. I would never go as far as to say that it is the worst film series ever, "The Last Airbender" movies might take that award as soon as the second film is released, but I am not a huge fan of "Twilight". It does have a fan base of its own, which is okay, but when the fans of "Twilight" ask me how great I think the movie is, I am being 100% honest when say that I don't really like it.
For me, "Twilight" is a less better version of "Let the Right One In".
Overall: I give "Let the Right One In" a 9.9 out of 10 while Twilight get's a 6.4 out of 10 (and that's being generous).
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