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We Need to Talk About Kevin

A 2011 film directed by Lynne Ramsay

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'We Need To Talk About Kevin' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree & Disagree About This Powerful Drama (Video)

  • Jan 20, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

What would you do if you suspected that your six year old son was an evil sociopath?  (Are there any other kind?) I know what I would do...Lock him away and throw away the key.

 Unfortunately, this is not what Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) in 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' does.  In fact,  Eva does absolutely nothing and that's a decision that will haunt her until the day she dies.

I have to say that watching this intensely disturbing film, directed by Lynne Ramsey, based on a novel by Lionel Shriver, I found myself growing more and more frustrated and more and more angry with Miss Eva.  I wanted to scream at her...Lady, your child needs help...How can you not see that?...

If ever there was a film that proves that someone can be born evil, this one is it.

 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a raw, powerful, super intense portrayal of a psychologically twisted child and a totally clueless mother and father.

The film is filled with flashbacks, dripping in the color red.

 We meet Kevin at all stages of his life...First, a 24 hour screaming at the top of his lungs baby, ...then as a manipulative, angry, six year old (Jasper Newell) who turns into a rage filled toddler (Rock Duer) and finally...We see Kevin as a full blown, ready for the mental institution, teenager (Ezra Miller).

By the way, all the actors portraying Kevin at various stages of his life give chilling performances.
Once upon a time, Eva lived in a very lovely home, with a husband and a daughter.  She had a sucessful career as a travel writer.  But there was always...Kevin.

Now, Eva lives in a broken down bungalow, works at a store front travel agency and is hated by her neighbors. Her house is pelted with eggs and paint.  She gets slapped by a stranger. Eva thinks she deserves this punishment...Maybe some of us will think it as well.  Afterall, her son is responsible for a high school massacre and she still visits him in prison.  Ah...a mother's love...  

Tilda Swinton...well there are several words that come to mind...starting with breathtaking and ending with mesmerizing. I couldn't take my eyes off of her.  Her performance is so complex, so complete...so perfect. Swinton's face, without moving a muscle, conveys a lifetime of emotion...

Is 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' entertaining? Absolutely not.  Is it an important, powerful, must-see film? Absolutely.
The 'Two Jews On Film' once again disagree, but not entirely...We both know that come Oscar time, Tilda Swinton's name will be right up there in the Best Actress category.

I gave this film four and a half bagels out of five.  John...well, he wasn't as generous.  Check out our video to see what he thought.

"We Need To Talk About Kevin' opens in theatres Friday January 20, 2012. 
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September 21, 2012
I enjoyed your video review very much! I agree with you - it's not an 'enjoyable' movie, but I certainly could appreciate the acting and writing. I think it deserved some Oscars.
September 21, 2012
thanks so much. When you have a second, please sub us on our youtube channel. Trying to reach 1000 by Halloween. Thx much.
January 20, 2012
This one is definitely not one I want to see - thanks for the warning!!
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review by . June 03, 2013
A Mediocre Film
So this is another book to film adaptation. Considering I haven't read the book I cannot compare them (although I do plan on reading it eventually). The film was alright. I think Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton were phenomenal in their roles but I think it seemed typical to cast Tilda as the role, it just seemed 'her' to me. It dragged on far too much, not really going anywhere. Being a teenage girl I definitely cried at the end, which I think was the best part.    All in …
review by . July 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    The first shot in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is of an open window. What lies beyond that window shocked me more than anything I have seen so far this year and last in the movies. It isn't something that I find offensive; but something cold, inhuman, and indecent. That's not going to sit well with a lot of people, and without spoiling what "it" is, I will say that Ramsay is a brave and talented director for not only showing what she had to …
review by . September 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A stunning film
Eva (Tilda Swinton) is a wife and mother who has just experienced the last in a series of shattering incidents. In flashbacks, we see her happy life change forever with the birth of her unusual son. From that first day, she never feels any bond with him while he seems equally detached from and even hateful toward her.      This is an incredibly intense and heartbreaking film, dealing with the problem of alienation, the nature of familial love, and unspeakable violence. All of …
review by . December 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Are monsters born, or are they made? It’s obvious that Eva (Tilda Swinton) was ambivalent about her pregnancy, and by the time her son Kevin was born, she realized that having a child was never something she wanted. Throughout all stages of Kevin’s life, we see just how aware he is of his mother’s indifference, and how he uses it against her. As a baby, he cries incessantly. As a toddler, he develops slowly, not learning how to …
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Adapted from the novel by Lionel Shriver, “We Need to Talk about Kevin” is a horrifying look at a mother’s heartbreaking experience as her son goes on to commit a massacre at his school.      Are parents somewhat responsible when they see the warning signs of the makings of a homicidal behavior and yet fail to address such things? Are monsters born or are they made? This film engages the viewer into the depths of a mother’s guilt as well as her own descent …
review by . December 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Brilliant Conversation
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Written by Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear Directed by Lynne Ramsay Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilley and Ezra Miller   Dr. Foulkes: He’s a floppy little boy, isn’t he? But there’s nothing wrong with him.   I know we’re supposed to talk about him but I have a very hard time talking about WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. (I meant to write this review three weeks ago and just couldn’t do it until now.) From the moment it opens, …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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