[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…
Great movie, although flashbacks can be a bit confusing at times
We Need to Talk About Kevin was very good. It was a brooding and discomforting look at the raising of a sociopath and was concerned with how nature and nurture can interact during early development. The eponymous Kevin was a fascinating character and the parts involving him were really interesting to watch. However the author of the original novel clearly has their own views on which aspect has more influence but the story, at least as it's been adapted for film, doesn't necessarily give a compelling argument for it.
This is meant to be a film about the raising of a child but you only rarely glimpse that with many of the flashbacks instead being snippets serving only to demonstrate…
το μάτι που έγινε μπεγλέρι.
I didn't want to have kids in the first place anyway.
Between this, Approaching the Elephant, and Xavier Dolan's filmography coming up next, I'm watching a lot of movies about fucked up kids.
Chilling and not an easy watch, but We Need to Talk About Kevin is pretty excellent. Tilda Swinton is amazing in this, and Ezra Miller does a good job against her. There are some flaws holding this back, such as John C. Reilly's character never noticing the evilness of his son and how he treats his mother, and yeah, Kevin is sort of overly evil, which makes some of the stuff he does hard to believe. But this is still an impeccably crafted film that will linger with you after watching it. Lynne Ramsay is a great director and it's too bad she's only made three films, I hope she's back soon.
What a phenomenal film.
The art school reshoot of The Good Son, but with David Bowie.
Strange, disturbing and chaotic, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is an interesting but at times frustrating examination of one twisted mother-son relationship held together with committed performances from Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller.
Well...I think I'm going to go to bed now.
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.