[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The mother of a teenage sociopath who went on a high-school killing spree recalls her son's deranged behavior during childhood, as she deals with her grief.
Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin is a compelling drama, being also a very unsettling experience throughout its whole running time. The story unfolds in flashbacks and you simultaneously see how the past events affect the life of Eva in the present day. I liked how the director goes back and forth in time as I find it a very effective way of making the viewer constantly intrigued and filled with suspense. Tilda Swinton gives a powerful performance, showing all the frustrations and detachment of the mother towards her son. Ezra Miller brilliantly incorporates true evil, always giving me the chills and making me uncomfortable. We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the most disturbing films I've watched and I am definitely investigating more of Ramsay's work in the near future.
Tilda Swinton is the perfect actress in my eyes. You must be a chameleon adapting to whatever role is given to you. It is not just in her slightly androgynous appearance and demeanor but in her natural gift to act, she is perfect.
Like a wounded and terrified animal running on guilt and hindsight, Eva (Swinton) is barely living, flinching at the sound of her own name.
The United States has had its fair share of massacres at schools across the country. There have also been numerous films made, some based on reality, others in fantasy but the one thing they all have in common is the exploitative nature, focusing on the massacre itself. This is where We Need to…
The main reason I put off watching this for so long is its source material. Lionel Shriver's novel is an amazing piece of fiction that gnaws on your soul by asking the toughest questions imaginable without granting its readers the comfort of easy answers. It explores the age old discussion on nature versus nurture. It does so by relating a story about a boy committing an evil deed, presented through a series of letters written by the boy‘s mother. She is constantly asking herself whether it is her fault that her son is the way he is or whether he was born evil. It also shows how something like a high-school shooting affects a community, but moreover the family members…
Excellent film to watch with your wife and 10-day-old son on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Lynne Ramsay’s first film in nine years is a tricky one, both in subject matter and presentation. Everybody should be familiar with the story by now but despite the inevitability of what is to come the film still manages to shock. It is a sensationalist tale but to its credit it is not shot in a sensational or exploitative manner. In many ways it is a horror film with all the genre tropes stripped away. Instead what we get is a fragmentary film about a mother struggling with her responsibility to love her son. The film certainly raises difficult questions (is a bond between mother and child unbreakable? Does evil occur through nature or nurture? etc.) and pleasingly it doesn’t…
Review In A Nutshell:
We Need to Talk About Kevin throughout left me extremely frustrated; it has a strong premise and the performances brought by the cast are beyond excellent, but the film's emotional pile up of unsympathetic hate towards its titular subject was simply exhausting.
The film doesn't seem to have any solid purpose towards the relationship between Kevin and his mother, Eva; leaving the audience with scenes that executes its emotions perfectly, but left with a blank canvas when putting it all together. For this film to be entirely effective, it needs to suggest something, and when it does, the filmmakers should pin it down and let it grow with every passing scene.
The film suggests the conflict…
We Need To Talk About Kevin falls squarely on the side of nature in the nature -vs- nurture debate. As a parent it's probably a more potent horror movie than any gore filled slasher could ever be. The idea that you can "do everything right" as you raise your kid but still have them turn out to be a monster is, frankly, terrifying. In my own life I've thought about things like "what if they become a drug addict?" or "what if I set a bad example that they pick up on?" but with questions like those there's a reason - something to make sense of. The idea that your kid might have been a soulless sociopath from the moment…
The best film I never want to see again.
A truly haunting film with a great performance by Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller. The film is also shot well, with a few shots using composition for good dramatic affect!
I'm not having kids! I wasn't sure if I did or did not want kids... No thanks!
Dark. Bleak. Real.
This film tells a terrifying story of a mom's struggle with her family before and after her son goes on a killing rampage at high school. The story isn't told in chronological order which even if it removes some of the suspense, it encourages a second viewing.
It's very well-acted. Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller do a great job with clever use of body-language.
A lot of color symbolism is present which confers an unique look to the movie.
Not many movies approach such a difficult theme, but this one does it very well. It's a must-watch.
Having had intense mixed feelings about Ezra for the past few years, I've been waiting a long time to see this movie and I'm glad I got the chance.
The beginning gave me a headache, I will admit that I was angry at the movie for a good 20 minutes before I finally felt relief as a clear, easy-to-follow timeline was established. Because of that I feel like the movie was a bit over-hyped. Still, I didn't NOT enjoy it. It was surely creepy and I've grown very fond of Tilda Swinton after experiencing her acting in it.
Overall, expect to leave the movie feeling empty and hopeless. I'm just grateful I have better fortune than Eva, to say the least.
It was alright. I got really annoyed with the parents, though; as soon as the son became a danger to the daughter, they should have put him away. Easier said than done, I know, but.. Wouldn't you?
Unbelievably uncomfortable to watch, and I was 50/50 on enjoying or hating the discomfort. Don't think they should have made toddler look like Jack Torrance. For a while I thought he legit was Satan which takes away from Eva's responsibility toward who he is.
Me perturban este tipo de películas, principalmente por ese personaje tan hijo de puta como Kevin, alguien tan malvado que básicamente justifica la violencia infantil.
Me agrado como juega con los colores especialmente ese amarillo y rojo, los detalles de los objetos que se repiten una y otra vez y esa edición que va uniendo la secuencia siguiente con la anterior a travez de sonidos.
Siento que en ocasiones cae, principalmente en la parte que se repite, casi al final, el incidente de la escuela, pareciera una versión de los fragmentos del inicio pero hechos con flojera y sin imaginación.
Por cierto, grande Tilda, gran interpretación.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.