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Let Me In | Are remakes of good films appropriate?
Let Me In is an English-language adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel Let the Right One In, later turned into a critically-acclaimed movie of the same name.
One point of contention raised while the movie was in production was by the 2008 adaptation's director, Tomas Alfredson, who said:
If one should remake a film, it's because the original is bad. And I don't think mine is
remakes should be made of movies that aren't very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong. I'm very proud of my movie and I think it's great, but the Americans might have another opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see this beautiful story made into something mainstream. I don't like to whine, but of course – if you spent years on painting a picture, you'd hate to hear buzz about a copy even before your vernissage!
I saw this film a few days ago and am still amazed at how sublime the performances of Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz were. I found that the chemistry between them was immense, and Richard Jenkins is amazing.
Not only that, I'd suggest that Let Me In was made a better adaptation of Lindqvist's novel than Alfredson's version by successfully trimming the fat by cutting screen-time with largely irrelevant side characters, and concentrating on the love story at the film's heart with sensitivity and beauty.