Eli in Let the Right One In

Having seen the original Swedish movie Let the Right One In (2008) – and knowing that I eventually want to read the 2004 book on which it was based – I was appalled when I realized that there is already an American remake coming out. Today, in fact. It’s called Let Me In.

Having had a little time to calm down a bit, I’m still not sure what I think of this. The original movie was great, and I have little faith that an American remake will do the story justice. Then again, I haven’t read the book, so the only basis for comparison that I’ll have is the Swedish movie. I’m starting to wonder if that’s fair or not.

As a reader/writer, I guess maybe it isn’t fair; maybe I should judge Let Me In on how well it translates the book’s story to video. But as a movie buff/writer, I think it’s completely fair. The American movie scene is saturated with remakes and adaptations, so much so that, whenever a new one comes out, I’m immediately cynical about it.

Why is this? Is it fair? What do others think?

For your viewing pleasure, I’m going to include the trailers for each of the movies now. The first one is the original Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In); the second one is the American Let Me In.

*NOTE: This blog entry is syndicated from a blog I had to start for my Electronic Publishing class at U.B. this semester. I may or may not delete the extraneous blog when the class is over, but I thought I would at least give my readers the opportunity to read the contents of that blog indefinitely.

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  1. I too love “Let the Right One In” and I am still appalled at it being remade only two years after it was released. The question still stands, why, why on Earth has it been remade? Is it because of the subtitles, because it’s so Swedish, or because Hollywood producers want to cash on it as well?
    True, the film might be good, and I’m still not sure if I want to see it…but if I do see it I’ll be wondering why?

    1. Yes, exactly. Thanks so much for weighing in. This is frustrating. I kind of want to see it just because I love the story, but at the same time, the original was so good. Why does it need to be remade? Are monolingual English-speaking people really so lazy that they can’t read the subtitles? 🙁

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