Let Me In (2010)
A story of forbidden love disguised as a fantasy horror film
A story of forbidden love that will both touch you emotionally, yet terrify you in many other ways. When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I had no idea what to even expect, as the trailers made it out to look like a twisted horror film. When in reality, it's actually a story about forbidden love, involving the classic scenario of "boy meets girl." However, unlike the stereotypical scenario, it's more like "boy meets vampire girl. Boy falls in love with vampire girl, as does she." Hence, this is where the real story begins. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), is just another normal kid that goes through universal problems that many protagonists, in films often struggle with. Dealing with such trivial matters like fitting in at school, and being constantly bullied by those that push him around for their own amusement. One could say that Owen is an outcast in his school, as he doesn't really have any friends. That is..until he meets her...
We've all heard of the story of how a boy will fall in love with the girl next door, right? A pretty and young girl next door will come off pure and innocent, that will immediately steal the boy's heart, as they both fall in love with each other. We've all seen that story before. However, what if that girl wasn't so innocent? What if she wasn't even human? Could the boy still love such a girl? Knowing that even if he stays human to take care of her, she'll never age while he does. Can their love last like that? Is love forbidden to that of human perception? Or is it something more than that?
To be honest, this film doesn't terrify me in the least. If anything, this is a love story disguised as a horror fantasy. The only scary and gory bits of this film are whenever Abby (Chloe Moretz) has to feed to survive. Other than that, the gory scenes, are about as scary as watching an episode of "Sesame Street." Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but you get my point. However, the strength of this movie relies on the chemistry of Kodi and Chloe, as they're performances are what made this film worth watching.
Sure, Kodi plays the average socially inept protagonist that one would expect in this type of movie, but he does it to perfection. Where most actors tend to ham up such a cliché role, Kodi manages to portray his character in such a grounded and realistic way, that you won't help but be able to feel for his plight. As for Chloe Moretz, I can't really say enough about her, as she's starting to grow to become one of my all time favorite actresses. Capable of so much range and emotion, as she can easily go from the cute cursing violent girl from "Kick-Ass", to the resourceful outspoken girl in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." Now, she plays the alleged sweet and innocent girl next door, with a hint of danger and maturity, that foreshadows that there may be more to her than meets the eye. Chloe Moretz does a wonderful job in this movie, as I don't think any other actress could have pulled off this part like she did.
The tone and story for this film was also well executed, as it captures your imagination. Displaying a subtle tone of how this vampire girl isn't really a bad person. Just someone that needs to get by in life, and feels a bit isolated in her own world, as she's trapped eternally inside a young girl's body forever. Lonely in her existence, until she meets a small boy in Owen, who is also a social outcast due to coming from a broken home. Together the chemistry between these two actors is nothing but authentic and heartfelt, as you'll swear you'll almost sense the emotional affinity these two develop for each other.
"Let Me In" may not be as scary as I originally thought it would be, it was still quite enjoyable. Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee were both great in their perspective roles, and they're chemistry together onscreen was something truly special. I'd give this film a three and a half out of four. It's a definitely a pretty good "boy meets girl" story, with a fantasy horror twist, that I'm sure audiences will come to enjoy.