[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.
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…
First of all, after seeing Only Lovers Left Alive and now this I am beginning to develop an appreciation for Tilda Swinton's perfect alien beauty and intensity. There was also Lynne Ramsay's Movern Callar, of course, and now I see what a perfect marriage of cinematic style and casting this is: disconnected and grieving, with Swinton looking like a wounded deer in headlights. Scenes flashing back and forward around the time of the central trauma flow seamlessly together, painting in elliptical strokes a picture of a mother's psyche orbiting the black hole of a sociopathic son. It's all beautifully shot and endlessly heartrending, camerawork probing so deeply that images become distorted, nightmarish, almost surreal.
Turns out, though I've been meaning…
durch Zeitsprünge spannend erzählt
schöne ruhige Momente
emotional und dramatsich, wenn man sich drauf einlässt
Soundtrack verleit gute Atmo
etwas zu vorhersehbar
etwas zu lang
The film works best when it isn’t focusing on the plot. The dark comedy bits when the film meanders are far and away the best parts of the film. A scene where a diaper change goes wrong and a scene in a closet made me burst out laughing. The situation that Ramsay presents is so unbelievable in this grounded world. Ramsay never gives us a reason why Tilda Swinton lets her child treat her the way he does. The situation between the two feels so utterly ridiculous. The character of Kevin is portrayed far too evilly. The first quarter of the film was the most intriguing. It sets a certain mood that is wasted when it becomes sluggishly straightforward.
Toothless and silly.
Wow. Definitely never having kids.
It's fortunate the Academy recognised Swinton in 2007 for her performance in Michael Clayton; if her career continues the way it has been for the last three years, I can't imagine there will be many more chances for Swinton to be nominated for film's most prestigious of prizes. Despite the high calibre performances she has delivered since her Oscar win (2009's Julia, I Am Love last year), the Academy has not embraced her since giving her that little gold man. And unfortunately, I think her career-best performance as lead character Eva in this year's We Need to Talk About Kevin is destined for the same treatment.
It's not that Swinton's Eva isn't a worthy performance - quite the opposite in…
I've been quite nervous lately and I think some of that can be attributed to my re-watch of this film. It is a GOOD film to watch for the 2nd time in the company of the uninitiated because it really unfolds beautifully and i don't think there was a wasted scene - I had read the book before seeing this and i somewhat regret being forearmed.
I was on edge in the way I haven't been since silence of the lambs.
I am never having children in case this happens to me.*
One gripe I had was the overuse of ~symbols and by symbols i mean the colour red it all seemed a little overdone. On the other hand there was a perfect amount of focus on people's mouths while they ate which was actually more disgusting to me than full-on gore.
*I am exaggerating but CAN U IMAGINE
Well, I'm never having kids.
we need to talk about ezra miller's amazing acting ability
Real talk, I was hating piece of shit Kevin so much until Ezra Miller came into play. Why God, why did they cast him? Sure, he's a fantastic actor but he is also the hottest boy on earth. He is my Lord, he is my Savior, he is impossible to hate. Tilda Swinton is too much of an angel. She's too good for me, too good for you, too good for us all. Also, it was ridiculously fun filling out the little child psychopath checklist as the movie went along. (Killing animals, antisocial, etc). This whole movie is just a big, well planned out practical joke on Eva from Kevin but was it really worth it? God, Kevin. Also, I shed a SINGLE TEAR at the end.
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.