Originally Posted by Josh Z
What a strange criticism. It WAS an American movie. Didn't the Swedish version seem like too much of a Swedish movie to you?
Let Me In did what the best remakes are supposed to do. It found a way to adapt the story for its own setting and tell it in its own way, without simply aping the original shot-for-shot (as this new Carrie appears to do, judging by the trailers).
Unless you're a newcomer to the way many people speak when describing something, especially a piece of art, it's not a strange criticism at all. Especially when you take into account that the original movie is not an American movie. I don't watch enough Swedish movies to know what a Swedish movies tends to feel or look like. But I'm very much aware when Hollywood has it's heavy hands in a movie, and Let Me In felt very much that way. Let The Right One In felt like a story was being told and there was a very distinct mood surrounding it, as well as a strong aesthetic.
I don't think Let Me In did what remakes should do. It stuck far too closely to the original, while missing out on what made the original so good. I'm hoping Carrie doesn't do the same thing. Let Me In didn't carve out it's own notable space at all, whereas Let The Right One In certainly did. I rushed to buy one, and don't care if I own the other. If Carrie does the same thing, then it is a failure. I'm hoping that they do something original and something good with it. It's an amazing story, and there are lots and lots of ways they can make it great.