We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk about Kevin starts off with Eva (Tilda Swinton) enjoying life during the annual Tomatina festival in Spain as a Travel Writer. Her world is soon turned upside down when she meets Franklin (John C. Rilly) and becomes pregnant with Kevin. It doesn't take long for Eva to think something's wrong with Kevin as all he seems to do as a baby is wail his lungs out. As he gets older he seems to develop a growing disdain for his mother all the while staying kind to his father. But she's not the only one that feels it as Eva gives birth to a daughter Celia (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Kevin's wrath falls on her as well. As Kevin grows up his antics get more and more evil and menacing which soon leaves Eva with a harsh reality that she forever has to live with.

Lynne Ramsay has crafted a beautiful film that's so ambiguous that you’re never quite sure where it's going to lead to. Ramsay and Rory Kinnear do a great job adapting the novel to a screenplay. The nonlinear plot does a great job at showing us just what Eva had to go through raising Kevin. The film never fells out of place and that's mostly because of Swinton and the three actors who play Kevin.


Swinton does a fantastic job as a mother who has to deal with the tragic happenings of her son. A woman who just wants to be but can't because of her surroundings. She truly makes her character stand out and makes the viewer’s sympathies for her. Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell and Rocky Duer who play Kevin as a teenager, Kevin as a six-eight-year-old and Kevin as an infant respectfully all do a fantastic job. Their performances all come into synch as if they were all one actor and never let you believe that they are all three different actors.

The only downside to the film is that the reaction and abuse that Eva has to go through is really tough, it just felt unrealistic and I doubt that everyone would turn their backs on her because of what her son did but that just adds to the sympathy one fells for her.

We Need to Talk about Kevin brings up many questions the most oblivious, can a child truly be born evil? Looking at Kevin the answer would be easy but somehow it doesn't seem that easy a question to answer. The film has a slow and methodical built that has a great ending that leaves you thinking about the last 112 minutes. The film borders on being a horror film and a thriller but in the end you really can't jam it into any specify genre. Never the less I would certainly recommend this film to anyone who likes a good horror film or thriller, 4 out of 5.

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Richard Perazzo 4 years ago from Shirley, NY

Just watched this the other day and absolutely loved it. Makes me want to read the book.


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mothman633 4 years ago from Stockton, CA Author

Loved the movie and I have never read the book but I have heard that it’s not so good so this might be a case where the movie is actually better than the book, thanks for reading.

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