The only problem: Reeves’ version, which opened Friday (albeit to a modest $5.3 mil), is being lauded as an excellent film in its own right. “Let Me In” has won over the vast majority of critics — it’s currently sporting a none-too-shabby 86 percent fresh rating on — and has made a diehard fan of John Lindqvist, the man whose debut novel “Let the Right One In” is the basis for both movies.
MTV News has gotten an exclusive peek at a note from Lindqvist to Reeves, and in it the author expresses his fondness for both films … not because of their similarities, but exactly because they are so different. Hit the jump to see exactly what Lindqvist had to say.
“I might just be the luckiest writer alive. To have not only one, but two excellent versions of my debut novel done for the screen feels unreal,” Lindqvist writes. “’Let the Right One In’ is a great Swedish movie. ’Let Me In’ is a great American movie.”
He continues: “There are notable similarities, and the spirit of Tomas Alfredson is present. But ’Let Me In’ puts the emotional pressure in different places and stands firmly on its own legs. Like the Swedish movie, it made me cry, but not at the same points. ’Let Me In’ is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful. Again.”
What do you think “Let the Right One In” fans — is Lindqvist’s “Let Me In” assessment on the money? Tell us in the comments!