Skip to main content

The Film List Project #22: Let the Right One In

I'm still trying to figure out what I just watched.

Well, I know what I just watched: the 2008 Swedish horror/thriller/drama/romance (if you're into twisted romance) film Let the Right One In.

I spent the first 30 minutes of this movie asking why. Why does an adult man follow a little girl around (besides the obvious)? Why is "piggy" this little boy's nickname? Why is this girl wearing white, especially since she's a vampire (more on that later)? Why does this kid not have a tissue in his jacket pocket? The list of "whys" goes on and on, but I'm worried that going on might spoil something for you.

Yes, this is a vampire movie. No, this is not Twilight. It's so the opposite of Twilight.

Here's why I liked this movie: even thought it's about a vampire, it's really not about a vampire. Stay with me. This movie about vampires is more about human nature, love and curiosity than anything else. More importantly, it's about what goes on when nobody is paying attention. I'm not saying your next door neighbor is a vampire, but it might benefit you she/he goes out during the day.

This movie is also the most effective anti-bullying ad I've ever seen. Oskar, the main character, is a victim of some insanely cruel kids. He's isolated and alone, but he's also a sneaky, curious kid with a knife under his bed. His loneliness leads him to befriend Eli, the creepy girl on the jungle gym who immediately tells him they can't be friends.

Eli may be creepy, but she can solve a Rubik's Cube, so Oskar listens to her when she tells him to fight back when his bullies come at him. Oskar's idea of fighting back and Eli's idea of fighting back are two very different things, but either way, don't be a bully. Seriously. Whether your victim is an Oskar or an Eli, no good things are going to come from your actions. Also, it's just an awful thing to do.

Even though I'm very afraid of the characters in this movie, I'd still recommend it. It's entertaining, intriguing, and frightening. And I'm not just saying that because I'm afraid that the vampires will come after me.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

On School

School started a week and a half ago. This year, I'm faced with the typical new things, like classes, work load, schedule, and teachers, but I have also (re)joined the choir and the speech team, and we have a new volleyball coach. While I am excited about all of this new stuff, I can't help feeling like a scared little freshman, not knowing what to do at all and diving into whatever I can while screaming bloody murder. The start of school makes everyone feel really scared, agitated, depressed, or all of the above, I think, and I am most certainly no exception. I have been very mopey and angry and screamy and cry-y lately, and I have definitely been taking refuge in God, music, coffee, and exercise now more than anything. While I sit here, once again stressed and not helping myself by procrastinating and writing a blog post, I just wonder if I'm the only one who feels this way about a little thing like school. I'm sure I'm not, because there are billions of people ou

What am I doing here?

So, I'm now on the Internet, creating a brand for myself. Here's the deal: I'm a writer, dreamer, observer, filmmaker, Clare Maguire super fan, student, music lover, TV fanatic, a not-so movie buff and ultimately, a wannabe. At the moment, I'm not particularly anything, but I can be. By reading this blog, you have discovered me, and I just want to say thanks. I don't aim to be a genius, but I do aim to make at least one person smile. Please keep reading, because I certainly need an audience. After all, I am an attention seeker! Now here's some more about me... I'm inspired by these people (not necessarily in this order): John Hughes George Lucas Fannie Flagg Diablo Cody Ellen Page Tina Fey Amy Poehler Kristin Wiig Clare Maguire Kate Nash Lily Allen Adele I watch these TV shows: Gilmore Girls I Love Lucy Degrassi: The Next Generation The Golden Girls Gigantic Law and Order: Los Angeles Harry's Law Glee Law and Order: Special Victi

Nostalgia

Today, I went to do one of my favorite things. I went shopping for records. Now, usually when I make that sort of statement, people either think it's really cool or really weird that I buy old and new vinyl records as opposed to CDs or digital tracks. Music has always been a really important part of my life and this is one of the ways I connect to it. There are so many reasons why I prefer and buy them. While I do buy them partially because they look cool on a shelf, I play mine (not to disparage people who don't. I also think it's really cool when people frame them or put them on a wall). For me, they just sound better. It's also really fun to put a needle to a record and anticipate when it starts to play. There is a nostalgic element to the appeal of records for me. My parents and grandparents have passed down parts of their collections to me in hopes that I will get something out of the music just like they did. For the music that they don't have, I go searchi