We Need to Talk About Kevin Reviews
The best point about the book was that it released vital information at different stages. you didn't know about the daughter until half way through. You always thought that the wife was writing letters to a divorced husband. Here they give you all the information at the beginning of the film and it tries to replace it with artistic time jumping and eerie music. The angst between the couple just doesn't work well here and you get vague mentions of the mothers work of owning her own travel book company that creates the distance between her and loving her family.
I recommend the book very strongly, but read the book before watching the movie or, like this movie did, it will ruin the best parts of the book in that it keeps surprising you as you go along.
Any success and watchability that the movie has, rests wholly upon Swintons fine performance. Ridiculously, Ramsey seems to be solely interested in the nature of the Eva's (the mothers) thoughts. Meaningless shots of her scraping paint off the walls of her house, and walking down corridors, which the filmmaker imagines have some meaning for the audience, just leave it cold. As a result, the film leaves you feeling depressed. But not depressed about Kevin.
I get excited about and really enjoy films that don't pull their punches and give me a glossy take on a devastatingly emotional topic.
"Kevin: It's like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don't hear about that on the 6 o'clock news, why? 'Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it's a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it's got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they're watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me? "
Oddly, I watched "Kevin" immediately after watching an episode of the science/psychology show "Brain Games". The episode had to do with lying: Why we lie and when we start lying. It turns out that infants will cry and fuss as if they need something when actually all they crave is attention. Hence, they are lying.
What we see in Kevin is an obsessive need of attention from the time he is an infant on. He doesn't want to watch TV he wants to be the person who is watched.
Yes, this movie is a terrible downer--does not leave you "humming the songs" afterward. I question whether Kevin's mother would be so universally hated for what happened. She is a victim too. I feel that the hate toward her is overplayed.
Still, the acting is great(!) and the writing and editing are purposeful and tight. It takes a little to get used to the cuts between "now" and "flashbacks". This helps to give insight into the Mother's state of mind.
This movie is haunting. If you like a film that leaves you thinking, not just about the film but about real-life events and people, then I recommend that you watch it.
A violência está nos detalhes, e esse filme mostra isso perfeitamente. É fascinante o modo como o filme aborda atos brutais sem precisar correr a imagens chocantes, nos deixando apenas especulando. A cor vermelha ganha um significado único neste filme, não apenas como violência, mas também como Kevin "possuindo o sangue" de sua mãe.
Meu único (e grande) problema com o filme é quando Kevin é apenas um bebê/criança muito pequena; neste trecho, algumas coisas ocorrem sem nenhuma explicação palpável.