We Need To Talk About Kevin(2011)
Critically acclaimed British dramatic-thriller starring Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) and John C. Reilly (Magnolia) as parents struggling to cope with their deeply disturbed, vicious son.... More
Eva (Swinton) can't find the balance between her successful writing career and the attention her newborn son needs, despite her husband’s (John C. Reilly) enthusiasm for their new suburban life. Worsening her post-natal depression, Eva becomes increasingly aware that she doesn't like her son, and he doesn't like her. The effects culminate in Kevin’s teenage years (played by Ezra Miller) when he goes on a Columbine-style high-school killing spree.
Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood provides the musical backdrop, continuing the growing trend of musicians-gone-movie-score-composers. Based on the prizewinning 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver).Hide
BY Aaron-Yap2 Flicks Writer
Imagine The Good Son re-dreamt by Nicolas Roeg, and you might have something close to Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, a film which uncomfortably bridges the gap between the social issues left in the wake of real-life tragedies such as Columbine and Virginia Tech and the gleefully irresponsible exploitation of trashy Bad Seed-type movies. It emerges something of an oddity, fulfilling neither departments but fascinating and occasionally startling all the same.... More
There’s no doubting the bravura, inspired filmmaking on display: it’s as if Ramsay - absent from the scene for 9 years (!) - has been saving up her creative ammo and decided to let it run wild on this heavily stylized adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel.
Those who’ve seen her previous works, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, will be familiar with Ramsay’s richly textured cinematic vocabulary, often artfully using colour and sound to heighten emotions and situations. Unfolding in narrative-jolting flashbacks and fragmented editing, the film disrupts the convention of requiring a singular horrific event to culminate in, ensuring that Eva’s experience is one of a never-ending nightmare.
Tilda Swinton is magnificent as Eva, inhabiting every despairing moment of a mother struggling to raise a child who hates her guts from the minute he exits her womb. With his predatory wolfish features and wardrobe of ridiculously undersized t-shirts, Ezra Miller’s Kevin is more cartoon than model of psychological inquiry, appealing to the film’s gallows sense of humour, which shouldn’t be discounted.Hide
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BY Josef lister
Like most films based on novels, the book is far superior. It is masterfully written and drags you in whereas the film version was a poor attempt to do a Christopher Nolan. Only LOTR has met or bettered my expectation of a book that I have read before the movie. Other major disppointments that come to mind are Da Vinci Code and Lovely Bones. On a positive note Tilda Swanson's performance is outstanding. Like the reviewer before me, she was robbed!
BY Weds_Loafers superstar
The movie is somewhat disjointed for the first hour, but becomes a easier to follow in the second half. It is an unusual film; excellent and innovative in parts, with a great performance from British actress Tilda Swinton, who has a long Oscar-winning movie career. It is largely through her eyes that the story of Kevin is told.
Not for the faint-hearted, "We Need To Talk About Kevin" contains violence, offensive language and non-explicit sex scenes.
Our voting ranged from -5 to +4, but overall we gave it 2½ stars out of 5.
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