Let Me In

I should learn that when I have an instinct about a movie when it’s first talked about, I should trust that instinct and not bend to the ways of the movie industry just because they show me some interesting promos.

I …

I knew going in that I would be upset about Eli. So many things were changed about her that are small, but not really small. They’re important to the character, and they just need to be there.

So my mood going in was curious and angry. It’s not really the best mix. It can lead to some unsettling thoughts while things are going on. But I really wanted to give it a chance, so I sat and watched. All I can say is that I’m really fucking glad a friend got me in to see it for free. If I’d paid for this movie, I’d be a lot more pissed off than I am now.

They kind of just smooshed things together. The girl we were with said she felt like everything dragged on. But to me, it all felt rushed. Like they were trying to just get everything in and didn’t give a shit how it turned out. And they didn’t even GET everything in. So much was just plain left out. There are entire characters that just…they’re gone. They aren’t there. Integral characters. IMPORTANT characters. Entire goddamned points of plot that are out the fucking window.

Let me tell you this, too, I hate – H.A.T.E. who they chose to be Eli. Excuse me, Abby. She did not fit. There’s no universe that she could have been the correct choice in. Then you have the fact that they changed her name from Eli to Abby. Right, okay, so you want to Americanize the names for the retarded Americans. Fine. But at least acknolwedge the importance of her name being Eli.

And how about the fact that she’s NOT REALLY A GIRL AT ALL? Where did that go? That’s kind of important, you stupid fuck director. You know, I liked Cloverfield, but now I’m just so pissed off at you that I want to kick you square in the nuts if I ever meet you. You said you LOVED the original movie. You said you LOVED the book. If that’s true, how could you do this? You ruined it all!

I fully believe that this movie was made just to throw in the extra creepy shots of Abby that were not needed. It’s too bad you couldn’t take a hint from the original makers and learn that less is more in this case. That it’s not about the fact she’s a goddamned fucking vampire, but the personal relationships she builds and what happens to the people around her.

You fuck.

I kept thinking that they were trying to squeeze all this shit in as fast as possible because they were going to add something toward the end that hadn’t been int he original. But no. Nope. They were just… uncaring about the story. Clearly did not give a shit about the timeline. Did not give a damn about the people, which the book and the movie revolve around. Pissed all over Eli and her story. PISSED ON IT.

There were scenes that were remade right from the original movie. Line for line. Movement for movement. Yet you couldn’t be assed to give the characters a little more depth?

You even managed to fuck up the relationship between the bully and his older brother. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? It didn’t need to be that the bully was picked on, because he’s not. His older brother encourages him. They’re friends. They’re both bad seeds. You didn’t need to change that. Why would you change that?

Eli is not a pathetic mewling little priss. She doesn’t require people to like her. Yes, she does like Oskar, but she’s also using him to her own ends. She’s manipulative. She’s over 200 years old, for fuck sake, she’s not going to be sheeplike and make me want to puke all over myself like Abby did. You just ripped Eli apart and used the steamy entrails to create Abby, that’s what you did. All the good stuff is gone, and all that’s left is the shit stained refuse. And Oskar… Owen. Whatever. I felt nothing for him. I felt no triumph when he finally stood up to his bullies. I felt no elation when he finally chose A… wait. You left that out entirely, didn’t you? That gut wrenching choice he makes between Eli and the rest of his life – the way it used to be? You just… threw that right out. Because relationships aren’t important… noooo. Only gore is important.

And you couldn’t even do that right. I refuse to believe you even read the book. Damn it. It describes very clearly what Eli looks like, what she CAN look like, and you followed none of that. None of it! Just made up your own shit and skipped on your merry way down the road to fucking up every tiny detail of this story.

God.

I’m so angry right now.

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. Even if you haven’t seen the original, even if you haven’t read the book. This movie is not worth your time, or your money. Stay away. Stay far, far away.

Let The Right One In/Let Me In

I’m sure we all recall how I feel about the book and the movie Let The Right One In, yes? That I adore it to pieces and make everybody watch it.

When it was announced that there was going to be an American version made, I was curious. The Wiki for it said the director intended to include some of the things in the book that the Swedish version didn’t. I was expecting that they meant the really vampirey parts. The things where you go “oh shit!” and got kind of excited about it. I mean, it’s not that I wanted a replacement for my movie, it’s just that I wanted to see what could be done with it.

THEN it turns out that instead of adding things, the American director has removed some things. Some VERY IMPORTANT THINGS. I am a little ticked off that names were changed. Yes. Okay. But that’s minor.

It seems that they’ve removed entirely the fact that Eli/Abby is not really a girl, and just made the character a girl. Hello, that’s sort of really important to the story, thanks. That irritates me. There are a couple of other things, too. I was just generally unhappy with the whole thing.

Then, of course, I read up some on it because I was curious again, and discovered that they’re not trying to remake the Swedish movie, but make another version of the movie. Okay. Fine. And then it turns out that the director holds the movie in high esteem, both the original and his own. And that the book is something he adores.

After that, I watched a couple of the trailers for it and now I’m back to being curious and wanting to see it. I want to see what this guy does. I want to see how it all comes out. He’s quoted as saying he thought that the book could make a really great scary story, and while Let The Right One In is psychologically scary, I think I’d like to see what this American director did. And if I’m honest, I did enjoy Cloverfield. I think maybe this guy can do it, do what he thinks he can do without fucking shit up too much. Despite what he did with Eli/Abby.

So I’ll give it, and him, a chance.

Rockabilly Vampire

Yeah.

Uhm. Yep.

It’s not the best movie ever. The story kind of goes nowhere. Certain things are likely collecting dust in somebody’s basement version of a cutting room floor, leaving out essential items that might have helped the story flow.

Acting’s bad. Really bad.

It’s not exactly shot with much care put into what the viewer would be looking at, nor is the camera very expensive.

These things all generally make for a bad movie. It would get a great big boo from me, and I’d rip it to shreds.

Maybe it’s getting a little bit of the lax treatment because it’s got Rockabilly kids in it, and I’m more than a little partial to that and I feel like it needs to be done more. In good ways. Put some more rockabilly music in movies, too, while you’re at it.

No. Okay. I’m going to be 100% honest here. Truthful down to the bone.

I didn’t let the badness of this movie slide because of music or fashion or anything to do with the rockabilly lifestyle. I didn’t let it go because of distributors being who they were.

I did it purely for aesthetics.
Shallow.
Superficial.
Petty.
Visual candy that takes up most of the screen time all the way through the movie.

Paul Stevenson

Why has this kid not done more? I mean, he doesn’t have to talk. You don’t have to give him any lines. Just put him on the screen. Or take photos of him and put them on the internet. He’s absolutely stunningly beautiful, and I feel cheated because not only did I have to watch a pretty damned bad movie to get my fill of him, but because it’s about the only one he’s ever been in. There should be swarms of movie directors and casting agents all over him. Modeling companies should be fighting each other viciously to have this boy in their arsenal.

It’s a damned shame, you people. Damned shame. Damned damned damned shame.

And just in case you were wondering, yes, I would watch this movie all over again just to look at his pretty pretty face.

Let The Right One In

Last night I watched Let The Right One In. For those who might not know, it’s a Swedish vampire flick. I’d heard about it from a few different sources, and admittedly I was curious about it. Several reasons for this, really. One, I love vampires. Two, I love well done vampire movies. (Okay, sometimes I even like the really really bad ones, too) But three, and the most important I think, is that it sounded like something different. Something good. Something interesting.

The vampire in it is young. In fact, both of the main characters are young. So while the vampire isn’t actually young, she looks young. 12, in fact. It’s not very often that you get to see vampires of this age. Vampires that aren’t absolutely gorgeous specimens of adult life.

There’s another thing about the vampire. She’s not really a she.

I finally sat down and found it online and watched it. I have to say that I’m completely blown away by the entire thing. It was beautifully done. I’m in love.

And as with many things I find myself in love with, I have also found myself obsessed with it. I did a little bit of digging last night and discovered that there’s a book that this is based off of. I will have to get it.

I also found out that there’s going to be an English remake of it, and that the director intends to follow the book a little more closely. So it’ll be more of it’s own movie than it will be an exact replica or a true remake. I still have a bit of time to wait for this to come to be, so I suppose for right now I’ll satisfy myself with waiting for the DVD release of the Swedish version (March), and find the book.

Southern Vampire Mysteries.

I just finished reading all the available Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. It’s my first experience with this author, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m always a bit nervous with the new authors. But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

She’s very creative. She’s very funny. I love the way she writes. I absolutely devoured all the books. I got them for Christmas and started reading them on Jan 5th. By January 16th, I’d read through all seven books. I immediately wanted more.

I was really happy to discover that there are two more books in the series coming out this year. I can’t wait to read them. Charlaine leaves her books on the most wonderful cliffhangers. I found myself shouting “ARG! Dammit!” at the end of each one, wanting more.

I really enjoy her character of Sookie, and the trouble that she gets in. The books are angsty, but not in an unrealistic way. All the angst that comes, comes in a natural way on a path that real life angst would follow.

I also really like the fact that Sookie isn’t a giant whore. That these books aren’t all about the sex. The sex happens when it happens, and it isn’t all overly flowery, and neither is it overly graphic. It’s a natural transition for the characters AND the reader.

It’s definitely a nice change from other authors and their rabidly slutty main characters *COUGH*ANITA BLAKE*COUGH*.

Charlaine also understands the way that clothes actually work, and doesn’t seem to be stuck in the 80’s in terms of “what’s cool”. I should really stop comparing Charlaine and her books to these other books, because she’s above and beyond. I admit that I went in wondering if there would be any similarities, and glad that I found that the author I loathe to mention by name couldn’t even stand up to Charlaine.

The characters beyond Sookie are also well rounded and fleshed out. And she never leaves anything hanging that she can’t explain later. There are no holes. No spots where I have to stop and question if she really meant that because I was sure that she’d said something different earlier.

I am 100% happy with Charlaine Harris and the Southern Vampire Mysteries.