Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
When it comes to film adaptations, I’m a very picky viewer. Fortunately, Let the Right One In sticks close to the source material. Naturally, some things have been cut from the film (such as Oskar’s “piss ball”). Then again, it should be noted that the author wrote the screenplay himself.
Let the Right One In is a refreshing take on the over-saturated, horribly romanticized vampire genre–though it does feel a bit pedophilic at moments, what with Eli’s, the twelve year old vampire, caretaker. Though the budding relationship with Eli and Oskar is cute in its own way.
The one improvement I’d recommend in this film adaptation is the removal of the side characters like Lacke and Ginia. Not because they are unimportant, but because I feel like there wasn’t enough time focused on their existence for viewers to develop the same attachment as readers. Instead it felt like filler for the sake of lengthening the movie.
If you haven’t watched Let the Right One In or read the book it’s based on, I highly recommend that you do. It’s worth the time spent.