Sep 2, 2016

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) movie poster
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller drama film directed by Lynne Ramsay, and adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. A long process of development and financing began in 2005, with filming commencing in April 2010. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2011. Tilda Swinton was nominated for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild and the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Freddy and Krasnaya movie review

F: The problem was that nobody talked about Kevin! Best movie title ever. A very thrilling film that tells the story of a fucked-up-from-birth kid and his mother's struggle to love him. Very cool flashback scenes and creepy music, and sometimes happy popular songs. Excellent soundtrack.

K: Oh, how I love films like this one, with a psychological background, when you always have something to think about. This movie will give you plenty of moments for wondering about Kevin and his mom.
Watch the director and actors speaking about the movie here:

F: Everyone has already mentioned this, but again, Tilda Swinton is amazing. All the boys playing Kevin were creepy as hell. A very good cast. John C. Reilly is not important in the film, but I just love that guy. This movie delivers a very cool suspense and light horror ambient. I find it also worth a second viewing, so I will probably buy the DVD.

K: Once watching the trailer, I got immediately interested in this film, especially because the main role is played by one of my favorite actresses - Tilda Swinton. So Tilda here is amazing. I loved watching her; she can play wonderfully even with only the movements of her eyes, btw I will never forget her eyes in "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Ezra Miller also did a great job... looking at his character indifferently was just impossible for me.
Watch the Ezra Miller interview here:

K: Loved the way the film was shot, with flashbacks to Eva's past and present. At the beginning, I didn't get what was going on. But after that, the whole picture kept, getting clearer and clearer, and of course, as a big fan of symbolism in films, I was enjoying the little things that the director put in there. The choice of music in this film is also interesting. I can't find any funny or happy moments there, but the music was mostly uplifting American pop and country tunes. I recommend this movie for you to try to find the answer to why is this kid the devil.

F: It's intriguing, and I was left wondering in the end if Kevin didn't do all of that because of an Oedipus complex. All that hate for his mother maybe came from his jealousy. The specificity of the killings gave me this hint also. Anyway, that's my interpretation and it's cool when a movie leaves you wondering why? Go watch it.
Watch the interesting talk with the writer of the novel who inspired the book here:

Krasnaya Score: 90/100
Freddy's Score: 79/100

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