Movie Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin

Posted: December 20, 2011 in movie reviews, movies
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This movie is not for the faint of heart. It’s really dark. It leaves a lot up to debate, and it also makes me never want to have kids.

 

We Need To Talk About Kevin

 Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Premise: One day, Kevin, son to Eva and Franklin, gets up and decides to go on a killing spree at his high school. Everyone always talks about the victims and their families, but no one ever talks about the killer and his (or her) family. This movie follows Eva both before and after the fact. It explores what Kevin was like when he was younger, his relationship with his mother, as well as Eva’s life after that fact as she tries figures out what to do next, and how to survive the situation.

My Review: When watching this movie, I couldn’t help feeling like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. It’s dark, and heavy, and already knowing the premise, from the beginning, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Eva (Tilda Swinton). She suffered the worst kind of tragedy imaginable, and is trying to put her life back together, or at least survive, but no one lets her forget it. No one lets her move on. And should they? Is it her fault Kevin killed all those students? Why does she choose to stay in that town where she lost everything? Does she deserve to be subjected to that kind of scrutiny and pain after suffering so much already? Somehow, for me, the question is yes and no at the same time.

Kevin from the start was not a good kid, not to say that all kids who start out bad will turn out to be mass murder’s but there was something unsettling about Kevin from the start. Jasper Newell, the kid who played Kevin from age 6-8, was extraordinary. He was evil and adorable at the same time. Watching the way younger Kevin treated his mother made me feel like I never wanted to have kids. Newell was so good that kid should get an Oscar. Seriously.

This movie also had a lot of subtle twists as well as one big twist. I went into this movie with certain expectations as to how things would end. As to the extent of what Kevin did. I knew it would be tragic, but I didn’t know it would end like that. The circumstances under which Kevin mass murdered his fellow students are so horrific, it’s probably something I’ll never forget.

I don’t know if I’d classify We Need To Talk About Kevin as a great movie, but it was powerful, thought provoking, slightly traumatizing, and extremely well-acted. It’s definitely a movie worth checking out. But those ending images will stay with you for a long time. You’ll need a drink after it’s over. That I can promise you.

 

Rating: 3 ½ Stars.

 

 

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