Opening in theatres this Friday from director Lynne Ramsay and BBC Films is a discussion that is becoming ever increasing in society with “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.
This film tells the story of Eva (Tilda Swinton), mother of young boy Kevin. From his birth Eva feels there is something wrong with her son. As he grows, Kevin says and does things that are disturbing but Eva cannot get anyone else to see it.
Husband and father Franklin (John C. Reilly), believes that Eva isn’t being fair to their son. As Kevin becomes a teen (Ezra Miller), it becomes increasingly clear that his ability to truly care about people around him isn’t there.
Eva must come to terms with what her role is in Kevin’s problems, but can she do it before everything is lost.
FINAL WORD: Swinton is amazing in her role of Eva. From the beginning of the film to its end there is the guilt that whatever is wrong with her son had to be something she did. No matter how she reaches out to Kevin – there is such detachment and a gap between mother and son. Swinton continually explores every aspect of her character and is always a joy to watch.
Reilly as Franklin is emotionally absent from the realities that Kevin ability to show feeling toward his family are frightening. Reilly puts in a good performance but it is almost secondary in the film.
Miller as the team Kevin is disturbing in this role. He captures what is necessary to make the problems of this young man believable. I enjoyed his performance in this difficult role very much.
Other cast include: Jasper Newell as Kevin at age 6, Rock Duer as Kevin as age 3, Ashley Gerasimovich as Celia, Sibohan Fallon as Wanda, Alex Manette as Colin, and James Chen as Dr. Foulkes.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “We Need to Talk About Kevin” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Disturbing in nature from beginning to end, it is the ending that hits very close to home. It is such a miserable look at the relationships in this family and what everyone sees on the outside isn’t always what is truly happening inside the home.
It is a tale of caution to be sure and in the one hour and 52 minute running time – it is a film that needs to be seen. The film is slow in its telling but pays off for me in the finale of the film.
In the end – there is so much that needs talking about.