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Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson

A bullied young boy called Oskar get a new neighbour and a friend in a 12 year old girl, or so he thinks as she turns out to be a vampire.

The film shows the starting blocks of a relationship between Oskar and his new neighbour Eli. He only ever meets her at night and as his only friend and the only person that has ever taken any interest in him he finally has something in his life that he looks forward too. His parents, who are separated, don’t seem to show much interest in him although his dad tries.

What really makes this film stand out is the fantastic cinematography. The camera shots are beautifully filmed and really show of the snowy scenery along with the accompanying light music. There are a lot of scenes where shots are filmed through things; through the trees, through doorways, up stairwells which adds to the great cinematography. The final scene in the swimming baths was truly wonderful and really made this film into what it is.

Don’t look at this film and think you know what it is about. Yes it is a foreign film with subtitles and yes the film is about a vampire but it is a heart-warming fantasy/drama film between two characters, who really need each other but for possible differing reasons. There is a bit of blood and gore but it doesn’t detract from what is a beautiful film. I recommend seeing this film.


Film Fact

Almost every scene in the movie contains the colour red or red/orange, a clear reference to the colour of blood, the only food Eli can consume.



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy

Based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name the film centres on a veteran agent, played by Gary Oldman, who is assigned to find out who the mole in MI6 is. The mole is narrowed down to four senior operatives and it is from there that the film focuses on.

Based in the early 70’s the film looks fantastic and really gives you that 70’s feel from the clothes to the cars. The acting from everyone is brilliant and it is too hard to name one stand out performance. However I felt that the film was very slow paced with not much actually happening. This is supposed to be a drama/ thriller but it just lacks the killer punch to make it enjoyable. The films runtime is 127 minutes and it feels it.

With all the big stars maybe I was expecting more excitement and a faster pace. I can understand why people would enjoy this but for me it would be a no.

Film Fact

Gary Oldman was offered a gray-haired wig to wear for his role, but declined it in favour of bleaching his hair for a more natural hairdo for a middle-aged persona like Smiley