Flicks: Young stars of ‘Let Me In’ make the movie watchable

John Meo

It says something that the most exciting offerings from the box office this week (“Iron Man 2” and “Get Him to the Greek”) are DVD releases.

What the theaters offer is “Let Me In” and “The Social Network.”

Hoping to catch a few crumbs off the undead lunchwagon, writer/director Matt Reeves (“Felicity” — no really, “Felicity” — “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “Cloverfield”) — tells the story of a neglected and lonely child who befriends a mysterious youngster. Said youngster, because of new Hollywood regulations, is a vampire. Actually, this is a remake of a 2008 Swedish movie, “Let the Right One In,” which is based on a book of the same name.

I get the impression this is faithful to the author’s original work — at least, as much as it can be after being shoved through the Hollywoodizer — and much of the credit goes to the young actors for making a connection with the audience. That connection eases the distasteful bits — you know, that the girl is a blood-sucking murderer and the boy has revenge fantasies and is on the verge of sociopathy. There’s depth in each character that should be appreciated, so don’t you worry about all the dead bodies. They’re just children looking for love and acceptance in a cruel and intolerable world. There’s also overtones of pedophilia with regard to the relationship between the young vampiress and her caretaker, called The Father.

This is like Lifetime doing a biopic about The BTK Killer and focusing on what a great family man he was.

‘Social Network’

As for “The Social Network,” it’s nice to see Jesse Eisenberg breaking the Michael Cera mold, something Michael Cera, or his handlers, seems reluctant to do.

That Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher are behind this movie should be all you need to know. It’ll be well-scripted and nicely crafted.

Plus: Justin Timberlake playing a guy I’d either follow to the end of the Earth or push off a cliff. I’m torn.

‘Hatchet 2’

There’s also something called “Hatchet 2,” which after a little digging, I discovered had nothing to do with American Southern rock band Molly Hatchet. I had some hope it was a docudrama meant to reinvigorate the fan base.

It is not.