Friday, July 10, 2009
Let the Right one in
This was a very interesting vampire film. There were many things that were different than a conventional vampire film. The main thing being that the vampire was a young girl. Usually in vampire films the vampires are older men, so this was surprising when it was a very young girl. There is a sort of innocence associated with children; people have a hard time seeing them in a negative light. That works out very well in this film because the director wants the audience to take the side of the children, which happen to be blood sucking killers. You find your self rooting for the killer and sometimes actually hoping that another younger child, such as the bullies in the film, will die. The ending of the film when Eli kills the bullies may have been a little intense for some people, but if you really think of why she did it, it is not unjustified. Since she is twelve years old, and has been that way for a while, it means that she was bitten by a vampire when she was that age. So she sees no problem killing or biting other children, because that is what someone did to her. Another thing very different about her is that she is a dark haired girl living in a world of white. The film is set in the snow, which we all know is white. White represents purity and innocence, and these young children in love are the epitome of innocence. The young boy, Oskar, is a typical Swede, pale skin, fair hair. He is very innocent. And then he meets dark haired Eli, who is not at all innocent. The contrast of the colors in this film has a lot to do with the levels of innocence. Most people have a very romanticized view of vampires. They are good looking and typically very sexy, and this film shows vampires in a totally new way. It was a great new way of explaining innocent love, and that nothing else really matters as long as you can be together, as the end of the film proves.