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Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian (Ezra Miller as a teenager and Jasper Newell as a 6 year old and Rock Duer as a toddler), who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin (John C. Reilly), Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother.
Ramsay tells her story in bits and pieces of a collage of moments from the birth of Kevin to his incarceration.Read more ›
The first 20-25 min. of the movie are absolutely transfixing, as there is hardly any conversation, and there are miltiple story lines going on at the same time. The picture that eventually emerges is one where Eva (Kevin's mom) is dealing with the traumas of whatever Kevin has done (we don't know until much later in the movie what that is), and also, in flashbacks, reflecting on how Kevin grew up (and why he turned out the way he did, and of course where there was anything she could've done better or differently). The acting in the movie is mostly outstanding, with Tilda Swinton as Eva, but the 3 actors who portray Kevin are equally effective, none more so in my opition than Jasper Newell as six to eight year old Kevin.
This is a chilly and devastating movie, but oh-so-good. I was literally frozen into my chair as I watched this movie unfold. Given the general premise of the movie, and the fact that there really isn't a single uplifting moment in it, it is amazing that this movie even got made at all (and not so amazing that a good part of the funding came from BBC Films, apparently). Also a special mention that the music score was done by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. In all, if you like off-center movies that are not your typical Hollywood main fare with happy ending, by all means, check this movie out. "We Need To Talk About Kevin" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
In We Need to Talk About Kevin, that emotional deficit leads to nightmarish consequences, the kind that would leave any rational parent breaking out in a drenching cold sweat. When we first meet Eva(Tilda Swinton), she seems adrift in this world. For unknown reasons she's hated and ridiculed by the people she meets on the street. In the heavily used flashbacks we see her during a happier time, spirited and in lust's grip with Franklin(John C. Reilly), the new man in her life. A particularly blissful evening leads to an unexpected pregnancy, marriage, and a fresh start in the suburbs.
From there it's immediately downhill, as their son, Kevin, is a handful from the start. Eva can't stop him from crying, to the point where she takes walks near construction sites just to drown him out. He doesn't listen to her, going out of his way to do the opposite of what she wants. She has no connection with the boy, and as he gets older nothing seems to change. The bond isn't there. She's not built for it, and even if she was, Kevin wouldn't want it. In time he only grows more violent and hateful, especially towards her. The dynamic changes as a little sister enters the family, with Kevin having someone completely defenseless to terrorize. Franklin, a clueless schmo of a husband thinks it's no big deal and that it'll pass.Read more ›
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Thanks for the movie. It came early and was in good condition. The movie itself was strange and filled with horrific surprises.Published 5 days ago by Rodney Kase Tyrone
I'm a huge fan of Lionel Shriver's novel, and I was disappointed with the movie.
To start with, the scenes were disjointed in a way that made it difficult to follow; it... Read more
This is an excellent film that is adapted from a truly wonderful novel. In fact, the film and the novel work so well together that each provides insights into the other. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Deborah M. Okey
I had just read the book and wanted to top it off my watching the film afterwards. Obviously with any film, they can really only scratch the surface of any written story or the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly
It's not your fault. So many folks judge the parenting of others by thinking and saying how they could do it better. I used to be one of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Surprised by bad reviews. Didn't find this confusing. It was a very powerful film about how a teen's lifelong chaotic relationship with his mother drives him to an act of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Snakewoman
EXTREMELY tense! I kept the remote in my hand at all times for parts of the movie which were unbearable. Fellini-esque flashbacks. 100% unsympathetic antagonist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VIKI
Don't waste your time. Dull, plodding, predictable. The original novel, upon which this is based, was written by someone who isn't a mother. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ANJANI W.