Wow! An incredible movie. It's a horror movie, but oh it's also so much more than that.
A truly beautiful film, that delves into a sweet and tender relationship between two young preteens. One where the young lady helps the young man grow, and the young man accepts the young lady unconditionally. It's a movie that is sure to touch your heart.
It is certainly the best horror movie I have seen in a couple years, and it's take on the genre is deliciously unique and entertaining. The musical score was ripe and poignant, and the interactions between Owen and Abby were smile-inducing. I could go on and on, but in the end, what makes this movie so good is that, in the most unlikeliest of places and of ways, it makes you feel good. And in a sense, isn't that what love is all about?
Less satisfying are the moments when the film concedes to American horror conventions, especially the scuttling vampire effects, which pull us out of the haunted world of these lovely damaged creatures into a place that, while not of this world, feels entirely too familiar.
children... story of first love... vampires ... had everything to be bad. the film is breathtaking, exciting surprises and unimagined as closer to the end, but sad I felt I wanted more ... Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee (are even human?) + Freur-doot doot, will never forget this movie.
Damn you CGI! Could have done without it. This movie is entertaining, but not nearly as good as the original. It's borderline mediocre, but thanks to a great cast especially Richard Jenkins' haunting performance, it avoids being avoidable.
Having watched the Swedish original, I was hoping the US version would be less soporific. Unfortunately it's almost exactly the same movie and like the original, still suffers from glacial pacing and an overwhelmingly drab and dreary aesthetic. It was like watching a feature length, horror version of the opening credits to Coronation Street.
The whole idea of remaking a critically-acclaimed and faithfully adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's vampire love story. This tries too hard to include everthing in the book. Fans of the source material loved the original for sticking close to the main plot and leaving in one sub-plot. Actors kodi Smith-McPhee and Chloe Moretz are good actors, the directing and other actors prove that you can't use every single detail from a complex novel. As you may have guessed I'm not excited for the remake of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy.