I swear I am not going to make a big deal out of each and every production still that Overture and Hammer Films release for Matt Reeves' Let Me In, it just so happens that the second image they chose to release is even more noteworthy than the first. The previous image was a simple look at Chloe Moretz as the vampire "girl" Abby. This second image, from the LA Times, lets us see how Reeves' is handling a crucial scene from the original: Abby and Owen's courtyard exchange.
The shot certainly has the right look to it. It looks appropriately dreary outside; Kodi Smit-McPhee has that wounded look of cautious curiosity; and Chloe Moretz looks meek (though why is she wearing a winter coat and hat?). But, and I never thought I'd say this, in a way it also all looks a little too appropriate. When a remake of Let the Right One In was first announced, I dreaded the idea of an Americanized version. I hadn't entertained the idea of it being too faithful of a remake.
Part of me wishes that a shot like this wasn't so comfortably familiar. I know it is far too early to tell at this point, but I'm starting to wonder if Reeves has made his own adaptation of Let the Right One In or if he has simply made a transplanted version. I'd rather see a new take on the material than a dubbed version no matter how well-made it is. Again, it's too early to say what side of the fence it ended up on, but it's certainly shaping up to be one of the year's most interesting films.