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Let Me In by Michael Giacchino (Review)

posted Oct 26, 2010, 11:13 PM by Kaya Savas

So, the trailers made this movie look like a horror film. Let me assure you it is anything but that. The film centers around a young boy and his friendship with a young girl. Well, I guess technically not a girl, but since that character is portrayed by a girl I'll just call her a girl. It is at it's core a story about friendship and horror elements are introduced.

The score does have horror elements, but I would never classify this score as a horror score. Is it tense? Oh my goodness yes, but it's also exceptionally beautiful. It is so gentle and shy. It feels like every note is played with absolute care because if it were played any louder the note might break. The score slowly moves along those delicate lines as it builds tension through curiosity. Owen in the main character. A young boy bullied at school with no friends. A little girl moves in next door and is immediately open with him. This "human" contact causes him to open up and to ultimately find a connection. This is exactly what the score does. I mean, it's amazing how the music translates this only in a way that Giacchino can do. Giacchino always says his scores are his reaction to what's happening. So his scores are very personal and emotional.

His musical language is unique and it definitely sounds like Giacchino. Once the score opens up a bit he brings in a boy choir to add a strange innocence that maybe isn't so innocent. That becomes Abby's theme. Now in the midst of this beauty lies some nail biting music. The score does use some horror elements, but there is nothing cliched about the music. When the score comes to its close it becomes so unexpectedly emotional that you wonder how Giacchino does it. The track "Parting Sorrows" is so extremely beautiful and really encompasses Owen and Abby perfectly.

This is just an example of what a masterful composer can do for a film. The movie is a remake and in reality is a very simple story. Only Giacchino could actually find the nuances in this film to actually make it beautiful and turn it into something you'd never expect.