We Need To Talk About Kevin
Released January 13, 2012
Directed By Lynne Ramsay
Starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, and John C. Reilly
We Need To Talk About Kevin is a dark, genuinely disturbing drama revolving around the psychologically and socially troubled Kevin Katchadourian (Miller), son of Eva (Swinton). It is based on the novel of the same name written by Lionel Shriver. The movie focuses mainly on Eva, living in present day, alone in an old run-down house. In a deeply depressed state, she looks back on memories of her old life and family. I refuse to go any further due to spoilers.
The acting in We Need To Talk About Kevin is superb. Tilda Swinton gives a witty, emotionally deep, mesmerizing, Oscar-worthy performance. Ezra Miller is the perfect fit for the demented Kevin. John C. Reilly is like a cherry on top of a bowl of ice cream, playing the loving father and husband. Kevin was doomed from Day 1. We learn that from a very early age, he was socially and psychologically out of touch, and we soon find out, as he grows older, the things he is capable of. It is one of the most disturbing characters I’ve seen in a while. The acting sends the film over the top, and with Ramsay’s clever directing, it’s beautiful.
The script is fantastic. It tells such an emotionally rich, but very dark tale that you won’t soon forget. As the film progresses, you become engaged in the plot and characters. It really does a good job of keeping you interested, from start to finish, despite being on the quiet side. The slow pace meshes well with it’s quiet feel, making for a very mellow viewing experience. It’s dark nature sets the tone, leaving you wondering what will happen next around every turn.
Overall, We Need To Talk About Kevin sets itself apart, with unique characters and very smart acting and directing. It’s one of those little films that doesn’t get much attention, but it’s truly a gem and something everyone needs to check out. It boasts one of the scariest characters in Kevin, a superb performance from Swinton, a witty script and fine directing. We Needs To Talk About Kevin is a film I need to stop ranting and raving about and one you should be watching as soon as possible.
4.5 out of 5