Sunday, July 04, 2010

Right One In vs. Let Me In





The Let Me In trailer looks solid, but it doesn't quite stack up to Let The Right One In. Although some shots are identical, the tone of the remake feels... different. I can't put my finger on it, the music? Fans of the original have balked at the very thought of a remake, but this doesn't look half bad. Chloe Moretz makes a better Abby/Eli than I would have expected.

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凱文凱文 said...
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FLJ said...

It certainly looks better than expected. But I was expecting something pretty hideous, to be honest.

I guess the question is still the same: was it necessary? Is it gonna add something (good) to the original?

Wasn't a better idea spend the money on promoting the original film, and break the legend that says that "Americans don't watch movies in other languages"?

Adam M said...

It's hard to tell by a trailer sometimes. It may end up being a pointless remake but for now I think I'll keep my hopes up.

onipar... said...

I saw the original and liked it quite a bit. I'm always skeptical of remakes for an American audience.

screamwriter said...
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screamwriter said...

I posted a comment yesterday that apparently was lost in the ether. Let's try this again...

@FLJ

I was surprised to learn that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN only made $11M worldwide ($2M in the States). In comparison, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO grossed $100M WW and a solid $8.8M here (in limited release). I think we might be overestimating LTROI's appeal. American audiences are more open-minded than we give them credit for. At the very least, LET ME IN will encourage people to seek out the original.

@Adam_M

Hollywood can't resist "fixing" an already good thing. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

@onipar

Hollywood has gone reboot/remake crazy. Heaven forbid they consider original material. These days it's all about pre-existing audiences, Ulmer Scales, market viability, ancillary revenue, cross promotion — I'm giving myself a headache.

watchman said...

Well, LTROI is not a mainstream movie. But I guess that's what makes the movie so great.

What I mean (or try to) is that if you are gonna make the same movie, then just put the money in selling the original one.

If you are gonna sweeten it up and make it "appeal to a wider audience", well, I think you are ruining the movie (this one; I am not against reaching more audience in general, but I think what makes LTROI so special also makes it pretty hard to sell).

So yeah, maybe $2M is all the money the movie is supposed to make.

screamwriter said...

@watchman

It's highly unlikely that you'd find a lot of people willing to put up $20-25M (at the very least) to promote a foreign vampire film with unknown kid actors, but intended for mature audiences. The risk far outweighs the reward. Keep in mind, there are plenty of films with well-known American stars that fail to make it to theaters.

And to be fair, if a small film plays really well in limited release, it'll get a promotional push and more theaters. Just wasn't the case here.

I think ruin is too strong of a word when it comes to remakes. Sometimes they work, sometimes not so much. It really depends on the people involved. I'd be a lot more excited if someone like Guillermo del Toro was at the helm, rather than the guy from Cloverfield. But we'll have to wait and see...

If I remember correctly, there was talk about making the leads older, but that was eventually rejected.

Sometimes it's not so much about sweetening up for audiences, but for financiers, distributors, studios, etc.

watchman said...

No, I understand that nobody is gonna put $20M to distribute a movie like that. I just say that that's what I would like to happen, but I understand how it works.

Regarding remaking movies, I am generally against it. Sometimes you take the movie and take it somewhere else (more interesting, or at least different), sometimes you update a very old movie, sometimes you don't make a remake of the movie, but rather of the concept behind the movie (like with the classic horror characters).

But in general, I think they are not made on artistic values, but, as your said, making the idea more likable for financiers, distributors, studios and such.

LTROI is a little wonder, that could have gone terribly wrong, and whose virtues (mood, subtlety, dark tenderness) depend on a very delicate balance. And I am afraid that balance might get seriously screwed up in the remake (the music in the trailer already looks sketchy).

I'd like to think that if, say, Guillermo del Toro was asked to direct the adaptation, he would think the same as: the movie was perfect as it was, if you want to watch it just do watch it, let's move on to another great idea and make another great movie.

Again, I understand why the studios do these things, I just don't like it. As you said, "Heaven forbid they consider original material".

screamwriter said...

I guess we're on the same page! :)

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Anonymous said...

"Let Me In" is not a remake of "Let the Right on In". It is a completely different adaptation of the original novel which the first film was also based on.

screamwriter said...

@Anonymous

John Ajvide Lindqvist wrote both the novel and adaptation. Reeves leaned more on the novel, but he also used the film for reference at times.

Check out this interview:

SXSW Interview: 'Let Me In' Director Matt Reeves on Remaking 'Let the Right One In'

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