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 it's 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.
This story was unbelievably heartbreaking, I honestly had to pause it quite a few times, smoke a cigarette, and just think, just to compose myself. The main actress, Tilda Swinton was absolutely amazing, phenomenal, outstanding all those words to describe pure perfection. The way she portrayed the mother in this film, made my heart crumble, my hands shake and my eyes become Niagara Falls.
We Need to Talk About Kevin, is an absolute tragic story.
This film shows us the life of Eva(Swinton) after the massacre her son Kevin(Ezra Miller) committed at his school, but not only do we see her life in the now, we are shown flashbacks before the massacre, when she was pregnant with Kevin and…
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…
Easily my least favorite film I've seen this year. The most heavy handed piece of pretentious crap I've seen since Paul Haggis's Crash. Every Character is one note. Tilda Swinton is good but she's always good so I could care less. This film is just watching a little fucker act like a little fucker for 2 hours with shitty out of place music thrown in for dramatic effect. Fuck This Film!!!
This is a very artful film. I am relieves to finally see a solid contemporary auteur film (I know they are out there, I just haven't been watching them). I really think this film can only be rated based on how much Lynne Ramsay's vision resonates with you because it really comes across as pure in its artistic integrity and expression. There is nothing in this film that is poorly done, or fails to achieve what it sets out to do.
This film really represents the contemporary art style well. It almost reminds me of Godard in some ways. Really bold and saturated colors against pale backgrounds. The overall feeling is very stifling and even taxing at times. For one…
Nine Things about "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011)
1. The cinematography of this film is gorgeous.
2. The beauty of the way the film is shot makes a stark contrast to the tragic nature of the story.
3. It's a quietly devastating tragedy of a mother who realizes that something is mentally and emotionally wrong with her son.
4. By jumping back and forth in time, the movie becomes somewhat of a mystery, as the audience tries to figure out just what happened.
5. The jumps in the film also show the fractured nature of recovering from a deep trauma.
6. Tilda Swinton won several awards for her portrayal of the mother who is wounded in the deepest…
What starts out with Upstream Color promise quickly reverts to Sonny Dearest.
Finally we get to Kevin as a teenager and the film gets marginally more relevant and watchable.
I do like Ramsay's spaceship/laboratory set design for the family's oddly hollow mega-mansion. Alex Manette is good as Tilda Swinton's office co-worker.
Frightening. From beginning to end.
I am thankful for the aristocratic bohemian Tilda Swinton that couldn't admit to herself she wasn't ready to be a mother. I am thankful for the dowdy and broken Tilda Swinton that finally realized she was a mother. I am thankful for Middle Kevin, the one with the ability to hate-count to 50 & poo his diapers at will. I am thankful for Ezra Miller's know-it-all smirk, which is the perfect embodiment of mid-pubescent swagger. I am thankful for John C. Reilly, whose semi-befuddled avuncular obliviousness is put to perfect use here. I am thankful for Siobhan Fallon Hogan (who I hope was cast for more than just her hair color). I am thankful for the usage of The Beach Boys'…
I love dramas about 'weird' people. Very good acting and liked the way the storyline developed throughout the film.
Kevin is a monster and no mistake. But how did he get that way? That is the question posed, but never really answered, in Lynne Ramsay's stunning new film, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN which she and Rory Kinnear have adapted from Lionel Shriver's book. We know that as a baby he cried a lot and then developed the outward signs of autism, though he was never diagnosed as such. Could it be that Kevin was just simply evil or did a lack of maternal affection as an infant turn him into a killer. Ramsay's film has a fractured narrative that is all the more powerful for drawing us into Kevin's fractured world and two superb performances from Tilda Swinton as the mother unable to cope and Ezra Miller as the teenage killer while Jasper Newell is also very good as the younger Kevin.
So disturbing, and so brilliant.
It took me a long time to finally watch this movie. After reading the Lionel Shriver book, I was numb for three days. I was crushed by the turn that the life of Kevin's mother took. I am a mother, too, my son being one year younger than Kevin's character. I looked at my son and I thought OMG, am I going to f*** this up?! The responsibility of motherhood seemed to weigh me down.
Which one was first, the egg or the chicken? Is Kevin withdrawn and sullen and hated his mother, because his mother never wanted him and was cold towards him? Or is the mother distant and cool because she senses the boy is, well, different?