Thursday, December 20, 2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin - DVD Review

Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller.
Directed by Lynne Ramsay.


This movie had what could have been a fascinating premise, and it is fascinating in spots.  Tilda Swinton is Eva, a mother disturbed by her devil-spawn son Kevin.  It's told mostly in flashbacks, and we can see from a baby on that Kevin (Ezra Miller) is a rotten kid. We know early on Kevin is responsible for a mass killing at his school. I kept wondering if it was supposed to be stylized memory, distorted from the mother's perspective, or if the filmmaker is really saying "Some boys are just eeeevil."

Swinton is mesmerizing in the role, and the movie would be painful without her.  The movie is full of scenes where no one says anything, where the elephant in the room is never addressed.  Kevin is mostly nice around dad Franklin (John C. Reilly) but glares at Eva whenever he gets a chance.  Just does that evil Kubrickian look from under the eyebrows.

I would have liked to see a slight shred of humanity from Kevin, especially in his younger days.  It's too easy to just make him soulless from birth.  Not to mention there's no real resolution.

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