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October 6, 2013

We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About KevinWe Need To Talk About Kevin(2011)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Rating: R
Run Time: 112 Minutes
Genre: Drama | Thriller
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Eva Khatchadourian(Tilda Swinton) struggles to form a bond with her newborn son, Kevin(Ezra Miller). Nothing she does stops his crying and as he grows older the unruly behavior escalates. Eva is certain something is wrong with Kevin, but husband Franklin(John C. Reilly) insists he’s just ‘being a boy’. When things spiral out of control her family is left fractured and leaves everyone with the question of why?


Lynne Ramsay’s  adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel, is a chilling and bleak look into the life of a mother dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy, which her son is responsible. It’s clear that something is seriously wrong with her son, but she doesn’t act on her suspicions.

The film focuses on the characters and the story they have to tell rather than bloody gore effects, and it does so with flawless execution.

The acting is superb with Tilda Swinton turning in an amazing performance. Ezra Miller held is on as well with a creepy but well done job as Kevin. My only qualm was with John C. Reilly, In his scenes he seemed to be on the verge of busting out laughing. It could be his normal expression, but it caught me off guard with the tone of this movie.

I came into the movie knowing nothing but what the blurb tells of the film. I was expecting a decent dram, but it ended up being a thought provoking and engaging film that still has me buzzing.

Whose fault was it? The mother, father, or was Kevin just evil ? “We Need To Talk About Kevin” is a must watch film that will have you questioning the concept of ‘Nature vs. Nurture’.

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