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Let The Right One In

Postby MadMind » Sat May 30, 2009 6:32 pm

I just watched Let The Right One In (twice) last week and thought it was really good.
I had many questions about the movie which I was going to ask, but found most of the answers here.

The fact that the director left things from the book out of the film or (vaguely) hinted at them in the film would be my only real criticism.

Lastly, I would suggest watching the DVD with the original swedish voices with subtitles. I watched it 15 minutes in with the english dubbed voices and their voices just didn't match the characters. There isn't too much dialogue in the movie so that it isn't difficult to keep up with the subtitles. That and the swedish language is really different and fun to listen to!

They spent a year casting the children for the main roles, and it paid off. Oskar and Eli are great.

There are already plans for an American remake. Why remake a movie that has been critically acclaimed, not to mention is only a year old? I highly doubt a remake could match the swedish film.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby fennel » Sat May 30, 2009 11:36 pm

MadMind wrote:Lastly, I would suggest watching the DVD with the original swedish voices with subtitles. I watched it 15 minutes in with the english dubbed voices and their voices just didn't match the characters. ...
I second this suggestion in a big way. The dialogue – and it's pace and intonation – are integral to why this movie succeeds as it does. Whereas one might generally view Vampire Movies as a genre that's about as appealing as savoring a linoleum soufflé, you can expect – in this case – to be relieved of many of the weary conventions. Which isn't to say it isn't creepy. It just adds a level of nuance that's both unsettling and bizzarely compelling.

So just watch it. Dubbing off; subtitles on.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby fennel » Sat May 30, 2009 11:41 pm

fennel wrote:
MadMind wrote:Lastly, I would suggest watching the DVD with the original swedish voices with subtitles. I watched it 15 minutes in with the english dubbed voices and their voices just didn't match the characters. ...
I second this suggestion in a big way. The dialogue – and it's pace and intonation – are integral to why this movie succeeds as it does. Whereas one might generally view Vampire Movies as a genre that's about as appealing as savoring a linoleum soufflé, you can expect – in this case – to be relieved of many of the weary conventions. Which isn't to say it isn't creepy. It just adds a level of nuance that's both unsettling and bizarrely compelling.

So just watch it. Dubbing off; subtitles on.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby depinmad » Sun May 31, 2009 6:33 am

actually, the subtitles on the dvd are a notorious disaster.

http://iconsoffright.com/news/2009/03/l ... in_to.html

i feel lucky to have seen the film at sundance 608 and not on dvd.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby boston_jeff » Sun May 31, 2009 1:32 pm

I enjoyed it, it was definitely better than Benny Button or Zach and Miri Make a Porno.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby MadMind » Sun May 31, 2009 6:03 pm

depinmad wrote:actually, the subtitles on the dvd are a notorious disaster.

http://iconsoffright.com/news/2009/03/l ... in_to.html

That's interesting! I didn't realize it at the time, but I believe the dubbed version retains all the subtleties. I especially remember the line about 'living in the jungle gym'. So you're forced to choose between bad (but accurate) voice-overs or dumbed-down subtitles.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby fennel » Sun May 31, 2009 7:00 pm

I think what's most important is the delivery – the pauses, tone, and inflection. I want my subtitles accurate, but more important is to hear the actors speak their lines as they actually spoke them.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby pjbogart » Sun May 31, 2009 10:24 pm

I thought this movie was almost perfect, save for the unfortunate "killer cats" scene which made me snicker a bit in all the wrong ways. I loved the signature Swedish atmospheric silence which gave a sense of desperate ordinariness in extraordinary circumstances. The characters were believable and sympathetic and the awkward "tween" sexuality took me back to a strange time in my life.

As much as I enjoyed the plodding pace of this movie, I'm not sure that I know many people that I'd recommend it to. Basically, I'm not sure that the average movie-goer would like it, but that's not to say that it's a silly, uppity "I'm going to pretend I like it because some smart people I know liked it." I just don't think it's for everyone... but it certainly was for me. I'll pick it up in the discount bin or buy it new if I have to.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby MadMind » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:56 am

pjbogart wrote:I thought this movie was almost perfect, save for the unfortunate "killer cats" scene which made me snicker a bit in all the wrong ways.

Ha ha yeah I'd have to agree. The computer generated killer cats scene was a bit out of left field.

pjbogart wrote:the awkward "tween" sexuality took me back to a strange time in my life.

Yeah I hear ya. Although I have to agree with a post on imdb from someone who wished it would have been a straight-ahead coming of age love story.
Eli was such a pretty & enchanting young girl (and I mean that in the uttermost nonsexual way), and for all intents and purposes her character and the actress who portrayed Eli were infact female, even though her voice was over-dubbed to make her character appear more androgynous.
It just seemed unecessary and didn't really add anything to the film for me, especially since the director chose not to film a scene (which involved the castration of a pig) that would have shed some light on Eli's back-story.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby MadMind » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:34 am

Someone on imdb posted this link to an interesting article comparing the book and film.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby swiss missile » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:22 pm

This is one of my favorite movies. Beautiful, intriguing, and creepy with superbly cast child actors. I would also agree that it's better to watch it with subtitles, as tbe English dubbing was atrocious.
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Re: Let The Right One In

Postby depinmad » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:32 pm

actually, the best place in madison to watch it was at sundance cinemas, which is routinely maligned for showing too much mainstream stuff.
well this baby was there, and with the proper subtitles too.
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