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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…
"There is no point, that is the point."
2011 has been a great year, and this is a great addition to one of the my favs of 2011.
Wow, this is my first Lynne Ramsay film and I seriously cannot wait to see her other work. This film has such a distinct and artistic style that I loved. The atmosphere builds throughout and by the end I was so, so drawn in. The psychology of Kevin, his mother and the relationship between them was fascinating, and I loved that it was explored but still left kind of ambiguous in a way that leaves the audience to decide why Kevin is how he is: is it nature or nurture? Tilda Swinton is so great in her role. She made me completely understand her character and empathise with her. Everyone in the cast impressed me, although it's also worth pointing out how good Ezra Miller is too. I'm seriously impressed by this film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Amazing portrait of a psychopath and his mother, both before, after, and during his massacre of an unknown number of people in his high school, as well as his father and kid sister.
I liked this film a lot more than I had anticipated, but... did we really need to see John C. Riley have sex? And so many times??
A slow burning drama that gradually delves into the psychology of a budding sociopath and his weary mother. Its fragmented timeline feeds you little pieces to the horrifying puzzle that you almost expect, but you're never ready for the full impact of its alarming crescendo. Choosing to focus on the people behind the events that unfold, it's unsettling, harrowing and well worth the watch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Richard Brody writes that it exploits but does not explore, that it hides its sensationalist core beneath the facade of psychological puzzle.
Maybe it was because someone had spoiled the "tragedy" underpinning this narrative (really, the climax of the film), but I did not come away from the movie wondering what the puzzle was, though I do concede that it masquerades one, and rather brilliantly at that. To me, the key scene is the last, when Eva visits Kevin in prison and where the most bizarre exchange occurs between a troubled mother and a troubled son. The answer to this film lies in the embrace, one riddled with trauma, respect, and unconditional love.
Because what more needs to be said about a mother who still chooses to love her son?
I never felt so bad for the White Witch of Narnia...
I really dug this film. I mean I knew the entire story within 17 minutes of the film, but god was it interesting. Kevin was a great evil, and I loved it. I also loved how deeply everything effected Tilda Swinton's character.
Recommended to all the psychos out there, you might resonate with Kevin's vibes.
Before seeing this, I was only familiar with Ezra Miller from The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Trainwreck, two essentially comedic roles in films I didn't care for. Miller seemed to have two settings as an actor: wry & vaguely predatory, an arched eyebrow come to life; and manic dervish, all hair & skinny limbs. I didn't feel strongly about him one way or the other.
As the titular Kevin in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, he impressed the hell out of me, containing the wild energy that color those other roles to a flicker behind his eyes and a devilish grin. We look at him and we know something bad's coming. We know he's behind it, and…
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is one of the most disturbing movies I've seen in the past few years. It's not necessary disturbing on a gory level, as it is more on a psychological level. The things Kevin do can't be explained. The only reason I could come up with was that Kevin is one of those rare cases: someone who is naturally born evil. The evil you can't explain, but hope to contain.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…