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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.
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…
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.
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…
Well, I'm officially dead inside. I honestly don't even know how to begin talking about this movie. My stomach was in knots by the time it ended. Absolutely one of the most crushing films I've ever seen.
Oh the things I'll do for you John C Reilly
Póntelo, pónselo, la película.
What a fucking nightmare... I love how deranged this was. I was seething with hatred for half the runtime. It takes fantastic performances to pull off something this unforgettably evil.
I think the use of red became a bit overdone and intrusive where as before the use of it was more impactful. I absolutely loved the use of sounds to transition scenes between time. Some great music was chosen and We Need to Talk About Kevin is unique in the sense it's so blank and detached. Director Lynne Ramsay gives…
Eva was a free spirit. She was an adventurous soul, always travelling from one place to another. A relationship with Franklin turned her life around when she became pregnant with their child, Kevin. Kevin was a strange, sullen boy, and he and his mother never quite gotten along. No matter how hard she tried to forge a bond with her son, it never quite worked out. As the movie progressed, we get to see how Eva’s life turns out before and after Kevin’s monstrous act.
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Disturbing and devastating in equal measures. As someone who recently got married and will naturally be entering the pages of my life where children come along this scared the hell out of me. We naturally assume that we will love our children unconditionally and vice versa but this turns all of that on its head.
im never having children, ever
After a day of fun at a film festival, what was there left to do but go home and watch more films? A film myself and my mother had been planning on watching for ages, and definitely did not disappoint.
Firstly, the direction in this is superb. Ramsey takes the best of Polanski and Kieslowski to create a film that creates the claustophobic tension of the former while also including the dreamlike quality and vivid palette of the latter. If these seem incompatible, then you definitely need to see the film, as the skill on show here is legendary. There are a few moments of You deserve this-tier imagery at times to counterbalance the more subtle visual work, but overall…
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