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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…
a narrative strung together so precisely with such strength it nearly grabs you by the throat
the entire time i watched this i felt like a stray starving puppy getting kicked
disturbing but good. pls watch it
Me before this movie: I wanna fuck Ezra Miller
Me after this movie: Ezra Miller can go to hell
Kevin is possibly the most disturbed kid ever in the history of celluloid.
One can only find that these troubled kids actually do exist and this is realised in this film.
Tilda Swinton gives a wonderful performance. Finding no connection with her son at all from infancy to adolescence.
Find this film a little jumbled at the beginning but it eventually unravels to an intriguing drama. Found it to be Terrence Malick inspired first 15 minutes using edited imagery making it to be a confusing mess.
Every scene with Kevin whether a baby or teen with his mother are brilliant.
A modern masterpiece but a difficult film to have as a favourite.
Part of my Oscilloscope Laboratories Challenge.
I regret that I feel both insufficient in the skill of analysis that this film demands, and tainted by outside information. I have not read the book (which will likely be my next read after finishing Michel Faber’s Under The Skin, after being mesmorized by that film) but know some of its details. I also have watched the Every Frame A Painting video about Lynn Ramsey - some of my deeper ideas or understandings are potentially swayed from these sources, so I can’t really take credit for them. Ignoring all of the filmmaking craft that can be adored and deconstructed, there are two main themes I want to explore. The obvious idea of nature…
WE NEED TO SHUT THE EVERLOVING FUCK UP ABOUT KEVIN
Extremely hard-to-watch movie about a mother and her son's strained relationship. Unbelievable psychological movie, with a particularly emotional ending.
this is a visually beautiful, compelling film that can stand-alone without a problem, but i do think reading the book beforehand gives more backstory and understanding of the more minimalistic and subtle storytelling and character development
also hands up if you felt your fallopian tubes tie themselves mid-film
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