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So slow and disjointed. Movie didn't allow me to have any feelings for any of the characters.
Mia Wasikowska (of Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland) is India, a teenage loner whose adored father (played by Dermot Mulroney) dies in an auto accident. During the funeral, her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) unexpectedly appears and ingratiates himself with her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Although Uncle Charlie is enigmatic and charismatic, India senses something menacing and fascinating about him. She also starts noticing that since his unexpected arrival, people seem to disappear.
In any case, the movie attempts to mimic the unique styling of Alfred Hitchcock but it falls short. Nicole Kidman's supporting role was weak. She was starting to be extraneous. Typically, I admire Mia's work...this wasn't my favorite because she tries to portray being loved by her father, angst-ridden with her mother, loner student in high school, etc...she was portraying so many personalities that it wasn't all that believable in the end. Matthew Goode's Uncle Charlie wasn't terribly menacing either. I get its attempt to be a psychological horror/thriller movie but I think they needed to flush out the script's character development.
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this romantic comedy drama. Please note my last three words: romantic comedy drama...the movie tries to be all three but honestly fails...it's like asian fusion cuisine: it tries to be chinese, korean, and japanese but leaves your palate kind of blah.
In any case, Tina Fey is an admissions officer at Princeton University who tours high schools in the Northeast corridor of the US recruiting students to apply. She meets Paul Rudd who has founded an innovative high school where kids learn via unorthodox classes like wood cutting and raising cattle (at least that's what I got out of his profession). The movie tries to make a budding romance between Tina and Paul's characters. It also tries to deal with mother-daughter angst between Tina's character and her mother played by Lily Tomlin. Lastly, we somehow need to also take seriously the subject of adoption. Like I mentioned earlier, it's like asian fusion...it kind of left me blah...
Tilda Swinton stars as Eva, a formerly successful travel writer now resorting to work as an administrative assistant. She's also being treated as a pariah because she's identified as "Kevin's mother". In intermittent flashbacks, we see how her life has slowly unraveled over the course of 18 years since she birthed Kevin.
Tilda Swinton does a wonderful performance of being the guilt-ridden mother running over and over the scenes of her raising Kevin. You can sense she's wondering if all she did caused the eventual horrific scenes that Kevin committed right before his 16th birthday.
This movie does a great attempt to reveal how might a parent be coping after his/her child committed horrible acts. It also makes you wonder how might nature versus nurture affect a child in his/her development stages.
Tilda Swinton justly deserved her Oscar Nomination. I definitely felt sorry for her as she copes with raising Kevin.
A depressing but realistic portrayal of a teen living in the projects of England and trying to find a way to move out.