The Wall Street Journal recently caught up with the director and when asked about Reeves' film, his words had a considerable edge. "I think that there's something dishonest about copying someone's work. I think it's much stronger if you do something personal of your own that's original," Alfredson said, although there is no indication he has seen the movie yet.
It's a bit rich coming from Alfredson, who earned deserved critical acclaim for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," itself already made in the celebrated 1979 BBC series starring Sir Alec Guiness. Of course, Alfredson doesn't consider his film a remake saying, "There are so many ways to tell the same story with so many different approaches." That's a flexibility he doesn't seem to give to Reeves, whose "Let Me In" arguably improves on Alfredson's film (and it should be noted, both films are actually based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist).
Anyhow, with the Oscar race now over, we'd like to suggest to Alfredson that he give "Let Me In" a spin before sounding off about it any more -- he might be pleasantly surprised.