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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…
The major consensus is right: watch it mainly for Tilda Swinton's great performance.
I've heard a lot about this movie and honestly I was kind of curious. It was a big flop tbh. The story was boring, a phsycho son and all the tragedy that he brought to the family isn't something that will keep me interested for long. Also the constant flashbacks really got on my nerves.
I need Ezra Miller to kill me with a bow and arrow
This movie fucked me up
A super-creepy depressing look at what it would be like to realize that you're the mother of a teenage mass murderer. You've suspected it since infancy, and then you have to live with the truth when it happens. Heart-wrenching and difficult. Excellent performance by Tilda Swinton.
ezra miller wears a lot of short t-shirts with low cut jeans it's kinda distracting
We Need to Talk About Kevin is so megalomaniac that overshadows its nice proposal and the terrific performance by Tilda Swinton. This movie is about the relationship between Kevin and his family: Franklin, Eva and Lucy. Subjects like sociopathy, remorse and negligence are observed here.
I will started with what I liked. Tilda Swinton performance is so memorable that I would say this is the highlight of a movie that, generally, isn't bad. Her expressions are so distinct that it is almost impossible to describe. It's magnificent how her personality before and after the important event really changed. That's cinema, that essence is the bridge that connect the audience and the movie. Extraordinary is the only thing that I can…
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A sophisticated dramatic thriller at the juncture between the subversive Funny Games (2007) and the harrowing House (1977)
+ nerve-racking atmosphere
+ great editing, nice visuals & sounds
+ potent drama
- build-up too long, weak pay off
> Like a french soufflé that rises and falls, We Need to Talk About Kevin doesn't quite deliver on its original material and fails to turn its build-up into a memorable cinematographic experience. Where 1 hour 30 minutes is spent developing the story and its characters, only a couple minutes are spent on its very underwhelming and predictable outcome: 5 seconds close-up on Kevin shooting some arrows, mind-blown. Following the masterful House (1977)'s formula with a 50/50 cut build-up/pay off with a…
F up. Amusing. Great filmmaking.
some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters
Movies that are slightly off.