Let the Right One In.
Had a “horror” movie “marathon” tonight. “Horror”, because it wasn’t that scary; and “marathon” because we only ended up watching one movie. (We played Cluedo instead of watching Psycho or Ju-on (The Grudge).)
I remember thinking “Strangest movie ever!” a number of times during the first half of the movie, but I can’t really pick out what made the movie so odd. I think it was a combination of, among other things, my lack of familiarity with Swedish cinema, a gender ambiguous cast of boys, my inability to discriminate characters, and the funny hairdos. There was also this one other thing that was quite strange, but I can’t really elaborate on this without revealing the plot to you.
The movie is rather long (just under 2 hours) and the beginning is very slow paced. I definitely enjoyed the latter stages a lot more the than earlier ones. I am also quite welcoming to the idea of a Horror-Romance. Although, as I alluded to in the opening, the movie isn’t that scary. I don’t think it is AT ALL scary. But the romance develops steadily and isn’t overplayed - like
all most Hollywood films these days. I actually really like the connection shared between Oskar and Eli. It is fragile, honest, and very different to what we would be used to seeing on screen.
Not the best choice for a horror movie marathon, but an interesting watch.