We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Reviews
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Actors: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Director: Lynne Ramsay


‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ tells a story of a mother trying to cope with the horrendous doings of her son and their aftermath. Eva, a once successful and free-spirited writer, finds her life disrupted by becoming a mother and being stuck in suburban life. Not only does motherhood stop her from leading the exciting life that she had, her son seems to be anything but a normal child. As a baby he cries and screams continuously, as a toddler he refuses to speak and only seems out to make his mother’s life a living hell. As he grows older, Kevin’s behavior becomes more and more vicious, until it finally climaxes into the unthinkable…

The story shows Eva as a broken woman, living alone, in a constant state of disbelief over the horror her son has inflicted. She goes looking for answers in the memories of her life with Kevin and her family. Through her memories we see how Kevin, from a very young age, seems infused with evilness. As I was watching this movie, I felt more and more uncomfortable as Kevin ‘evolved’ from a small child, (out to test, resist and hurt his mother) into a young adult, applying his intelligence and cunning to attain the one devastating goal he seemed to have planned out for himself since he was barely able to walk. I caught myself thinking several times: “No, he didn’t…”. But he did. And the worst was yet to come. And though Kevin’s evolution is disturbing and unpleasant to observe, not watching the rest of it isn’t an option, because you know it leads to something even more monstrous. I guess it is part of human nature to want to know, even when the outcome is disturbing.

The acting performances of both Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller and their interaction is incredible. Miller, skinny, dark-haired and dark-eyed, puts on a really chilling performance while Swinton probably plays the role of a lifetime. I can’t imagine anyone else nailing this one the way she did. ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ is a modern, superb, psychological horror-drama, linked to present-day reality. This is a movie you won’t easily forget.


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