Let Me In

This one's a controversial pick. Many hailed the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In as damn-near perfect, and were morally outraged when they had heard that it was being remade so quickly for American audiences. What they didn't expect was that Matt Reeves - of Cloverfield fame - would match the cold elegance of the original, re-contextualizing the teenage vampire story for Middle-America in the 1980s. Though some fans still discern the remake as unnecessary due to its overwhelming similarity to the original, Let Me In is a haunting coming-of-age tale that resonates for entirely different reasons for American audiences, successfully mixing the darker elements of early Amblin films with a Cold War context.

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  1. Ross Murray • August 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    – Nice look at SOME of the best remakes (adaptations?), though by no means complete. Here are a few others:
    – Ben Hur (1959), the great Oscar-Winner, as per the original silent in the 20’s (also very good).
    – Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Original: Boudu Saved From Drowning).
    – Cape Fear (1993, I think). Well directed, less innocent take by Martin Scorsese on the early 60’s original.
    Always fun when the remakes work; they often don’
    t.

  2. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    For ‘Casino Royale’, it is not fair to make a comparison because they were two completely diferent films. The first on with David Niven and Peter Sellers is a classic comedy, while the one with Daniel Craig is a more serious take on the James Bond movies. I loved both!!!

  3. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    I never saw the original ‘Departed’, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I loved the remake!!!

  4. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    What can I say? I love vampire movies, but this one was a little long in the tooth for me. I saw the orginal which was also slow but still it was much, much better than the remake! You know you’re in trouble when you keep looking at the time to see how much longer the film will be!!!!

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