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Movie Review – Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

Film: Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in
Released: 2008
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Synopsis:
Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.

What I thought of it:
I recently watched the American remake of this film (Let Me In) which was released two years after this, the Swedish original. Other film fans had told me the original was far superior to the remake, so as I had enjoyed the later film, I thought I’d go back and watch this version too.

To be honest, I needn’t have bothered.

It’s not bad. Really, it’s not bad, and if I had seen this first, I might have enjoyed it more, but I think I still would have preferred the remake, which is remarkably unusual for me (the only other recent occurence being The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

I honestly cannot see why people rave about this film. Like I said, it’s not bad, but there’s nothing really spectacular about it either. The young leads were alright, but that’s as far as it went for me – the performances of the kids in the remake were a lot better; perhaps not surprising as both have filmographies as long as your arm and have done some sterling work in the past.

There were a few changes in scenes and storyline, but these were minimal and, once more, I thought the remake was tighter than the original and had better flow. Surprisingly, the almost sensual relationship between Eli and her “father” was downplayed even more than in the remake – I really thought it would be a little more overt.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with this film, partly because of the hype but not entirely so – even if I hadn’t seen the newer film, this one would have been just as much of a let-down. It’s decidedly average fare – only watch it if you’re a total vampire nut and like to see every vampire film going, just to say you have.

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Movie Review – Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Film: Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy
Released: 2011
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Ciarán Hinds, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis:
In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent – a mole – and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. Through the efforts of Peter Guillam, Smiley obtains information that eventually leads him to Jim Prideaux, the agent at the heart of the Hungary fiasco. He is then able to put together the pieces of the puzzle, which lead him to the identity of the mole and the true intent of Operation Witchcraft.

What I thought of it:
I don’t know if it was just that I was very tired, but I found this adaptation of John Le Carre’s famous cold war spy novel incredibly confusing. There’s absolutely no doubt that the cast is superb and they all gave phenomenal perfomances, but the plot seemed ot be all over the place with little coherance. I do, however, plan to watch the old TV series and read the book in the hope that I’ll have that “Aha!” moment where everything clicks into place and I ralise I dozed off during some crucial plot revelation that would have made the whole thing make some kind of sense. As it was, come the end of the film, my immediate thought was, “This is how thick people must feel when they watch CSI,” because I’m so used to being one step ahead with this kind of thing. Perhaps if I watch it again when I am not half asleep, I’ll get more out of it.

I can see there being a few Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations for performances for this ensemble cast, but it will miss out on the bigger prizes like Best Film and Best Director.

My hubby’s review HERE.

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