We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews
Another 'art' film where less is more in terms of visual aesthetic but it works well juxtaposed with such a bittersweet, strong yet characteristically weak protagonist (Swinton).
However, at times, it felt almost unbelievable at that was due to such an extreme child character. This would be understandable if Swintons character or the father treated the child different. However, with medically nothing wrong with the child, for him to grow up which such a persona seemed unrealistic.
A great performance by all, just a little too much on the 'more' and not enough on the 'less'.
Eva and Franklin have a unique little boy, Kevin, who is especially disobedient with his mother but extremely easy going with his dad. This behavior has been observed since birth and the father doesn't take her feedback too seriously. As the boy gets older, Eva gets pregnant with a little girl. The son's behavior gets even more intense as the sister grows older and older.
"You don't look happy."
"Have I ever?"
Lynne Ramsay, director of Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, and the upcoming You Were Never Really Here, delivers We need to Talk about Kevin. The storyline for this picture is fascinating in a Carrie kind of way. The writing and delivery is perfect and the conclusion is compelling. The cast delivers outstanding performances and includes Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller.
"Is this about fucking?"
I came across this on Netflix and randomly decided to add it to my queue. The content is remarkably original with a slightly unoriginal ending, but the conclusion is worthwhile and well done. This is a surprisingly perfectly executed picture that is intense and worthwhile. I strongly recommend seeing this.
"I'll take them as they are."
spine-chilling movie I have ever seen.
From the very first scene this movie places a load on your chest that you won't be able to take off even after the end.
The cinematography is amazing and the whole film is beautifully directed, and what an amazing performance from Tilda Swinton.
Ramsay's film is a scene-by-scene slow burner, equally poetic as it is perturbing.
Loaded with ominous imagery and brittle exchanges, We Need to Talk About Kevin wallows in frustration, blurring the boundaries between realist drama and psychological horror, with Tilda Swinton's anguished mother struggling to hold the helm.
Swinton is terrific, but problem child Kevin misses out on some much-needed character exploration, as Ramsay leaves Swinton and viewers alike cowering in fear over a misguided menace they'll never understand. Keep well away if you're pregnant, or thinking of having kids.