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We Need to Talk About Kevin
- Director: Lynne Ramsay
- Release Date: Jan 2012
- Run Time: 112
- Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
We need to talk about Kevin is an eerie thriller that will have you glued to your seat whether you want to or not. It has that poignant feel about it; that bitter tragedy that makes you not want to watch it but strangely pulls you to watch it till the end in a trance-like state. The movie is based on Lionel Shriver’s best-selling book by the same name.
The movie stars Tilda Swinton, playing the role of Eva. Eva has a husband and a successful career as a travel writer. She is full of life, enjoying life in the city as an energetic spirit. She gets pregnant and has to sacrifice her career ambitions and lifestyle, on the insistence of her husband, to raise the child. She most reluctantly makes this decision and gives birth to a baby boy, Kevin.
Kevin (Ezra Miller) even as a child is unlike any other child; he is distant and cold to his mother, rather rebellious and shows zero interest in anything. It appears he is born with an in-born distaste for his mother. This really worries his mother who shares her concerns with her husband Frank, who dismisses and excuses his behavior. The couple also has a second child, a daughter (Celia) who is quite the opposite- optimistic, happy and excited about life. Frank gets Kevin an archery set and this marks the only thing Kevin took an interest in. On one occasion, Celia’s cat is killed; Eva has reason to believe Kevin was responsible and shares these concerns with Frank who as per the norm, dismisses them. Tragedy occurs when Kevin takes his crossbow and goes on a killing spree in the school, where he kills his fellow students, as well as his sister and his father.
Eva has to live with the grief, shame and societal rejection of having borne a killer for a son, who is in prison for the heinous crimes. The story is told with a lot of flash back to bring a contrast to her life before and after Kevin as well as develop the plot and capture the viewer’s interest. She ponders and reflects on whether it was her fault she gave birth to and raised a monster. The movie is filled with the theme of nature vs. nature, and seems to conclude that some things, such as evil, are intrinsic and do not depend on one’s environment. Take the case of the two children, Kevin and Celia, brought up in the very same environment but are compete opposites of each other.
This was a rather eerie movie but it will truly provoke you to think and appreciate the semblance of a normal family that you have.