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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twilightnera 5 years ago

I really don't think Let the Right one is better than Twilight. People seem to consider Let the Right One in better because it has more graphic material. However, that does not seem to make it a better movie. Both movies have major flaws and tend to drag out certain points relentlessly.

They both seem to be on an equal playing field.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Hmm... well I respect your opinion twilightnera, and you are right about how some people only think that "Let The Right One In" is better because of the graphic material. Although we may not agree with each other completely, I'm sure many would agree with your point of view. Thank you very much for your insightful comment. :)


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sj_workman79 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Let The Right One In is the only vampire movie I have watched that gave me the chills. I also think the young actress in it is fantastic. I saw her later on in Kick Ass and loved her as well. For me Twilight is a guilty pleasure and Let The Right One In is art.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

That's "Let Me In", "Let The Right One In" is a Swedish film that "Let Me In" is remake of. But that's still a good film different but good, and thank you for being honest. Thanks for stopping by :)


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sj_workman79 5 years ago from New Hampshire

I'll have to check out Let The Right One In as well then.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Yeah, because all though the overall story is the same, the films are really different by their artistic approach. I hope this is helpful, thanks again for your comment sj_workman79, they are very much appreciated. :)


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Right one in could be looked at as a love story between a lonely boy and vampire. I look at it as a monster that munipalated a lonely boy to replace it's aging Renfield.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Hmmm.... That's a very insightful observation ruffidryer. Thank you for posting :)


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago

I honestly don't care for "Twilight" either, but to my shame, I still have yet to see "Let the right one in"; which is very surprising as I saw it's remake already. However, based on what you've written here, I'll definitely be sure to check it out pretty soon. Thanks for the heads up carl.

As for the whole shapeshifting thing, I don't see why some twilight fans would debate that jacob isn't a werewolf. I mean to imply that someone is a shapeshifter, then that would mean that the person could transform into other things besides just one thing. Plus, the very definition of a werewolf is someone transforming into a werewolf, so I don't see where the logic is in that argument. oh well.

Anyway, thanks for the great read, as I'll be sure to vote this one up.


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Stephenie Meyer actually came out and said that Jacob is a shape-shifter, but it really doesn't matter. If he is a shape-shifter he is a pretty poor one to only change into one thing. And if he is suppose to be a werewolf, that doesn't make sense either, because he changes at will.

Since this review I have seen "Let Me In" and know for a fact that both are equally good. When "Breaking Dawn Part 1" comes out I plan to see it and write a review on it, (Maybe do a video, I have been so busy lately I haven't been able to make one recently.)

Thanks for stopping by Steven, it's always great to hear from you :)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

anytime. By the way, did you know that you submit links to your hubs on imdb? I just found out about it recently myself. I don't know if you know about it or not, but supposedly if your a member on there, then you can add your own links to their external reviews where they list reviews by professional critics like Roger Ebert and such. Basically once your a member, you can go to any movie main page like say "Hugo 3-D", and basically go to the page where it lists the external reviews for that movie. At the bottom of the page, there should be an edit option to where you can add hub links to the review list. It takes about several weeks to process, but it's easy and free too. I just found out about it. I don't know if you knew about it or not, but i just thought i'd give you a heads up.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Actually I did know that, but thanks for the info, in case anyone else doesn't know.


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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great hub. I just saw "Let Me In" last night, and I loved it. I'm off to watch the other now. Thank you!


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I'm glad you liked "Let Me In", let me know what you think about "Let The Right One In" :) Thank you for commenting.

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