We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 2

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Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton (Eva), Ezra Miller (Kevin), John C. Reilly (Dad), Ashley Gerasimovich (Celia), Jasper Newell (young Kevin)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:51:56
Genres: Family, Mass Killings

Plot – Spoilers:
Eva is a married writer and professional traveler who one wild night has unprotected sex and gets pregnant. Her career ambitions are put on hold and she finds it hard to enjoy the process of pregnancy like other women around her. In fact, it disgusts her at times.

When Kevin is born, he just won’t stop crying when he’s with Eva. Her awkward attempts at bonding with him get more forced and pathetic as he grows older. This is exacerbated by Kevin who grows up manipulative and with a cunning disposition belying his young age. It’s almost like he senses Eva’s desperation and gets a sadistic pleasure from denying her, while being friendly with his father.

Eventually, Kevin does something so horrific, Eva is left to face the brunt of society’s fury while refusing to give up on her biological connection with Kevin.

Random Thoughts:
A favorite scene is Eva standing by the men drilling, just to shut out the noise of Kevin’s persistent crying. So was Kevin born a psychopath, or created? His sister Celia seems diametrically opposite, though one could argue that Eva practiced on him while bringing up Celia differently. The counter is that plenty of people have evil mothers but don’t do the things Kevin did. And Eva can hardly be considered pure evil.

Also, who suffers from the greater inhumanity? Kevin or the people around Eva who’re forever pulling her up for his crimes. It probably doesn’t help that she sold all her property to fight his case, but you still wonder…

4 thoughts on “We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

  • October 13, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Great movie, however putting it in the “mass killings” category is sort of a huge spoiler

  • January 12, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this film. Watched it many many time. I realllyyyy like Ezra Miller he is fit as fuck lol. xx

  • March 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Where do you find all these wonderful movies…?

  • June 25, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Eva was a terrible woman. She had a duty of care to her daughter to protect her from her son who she knew was a dangerous predator. I get the title of the film is a reference to the fact that her idiotic husband simply couldn’t accept the fact his son was a dangerous maniac, but she sacrificed her beautiful, innocent second born to that thing on the hunch that maybe, everything will be okay. The only issue I take with this brilliant film is Kevin is a little too openly hostile towards his mother when a ‘good’ psychopath will show no outward hostility to anyone at all until their anti-social behavior turns criminal and they’re apprehended by law enforcement to the shock of everyone around them. Check out Piers Morgans’ interview with the ‘real Kevin’ Paris Bennett and listen to the creature wax lyrical at Piers about how much he ‘loved’ his baby sister (who he raped and murdered at 14 years of age) and how he wants to have a ‘loving relationship’ with his mother who he ‘feels’ for. Meanwhile Quantico profilers sit in the next room warning her that if he were to be released, she’d be a dead woman. In a strange way though, I have to pity Kevin as he’s portrayed in this film. At the end of the day, nobody asks to be born a hideous emotional cripple without a conscience. I also find it interesting that many young girls who watch this film can’t help but comment on Ezra’s good looks. Kevin may be fictional, but there is enough of him to go around in the real world. If said young girls were living in the fiction of this film, they’d probably breed with this demented creature and then wonder how it all went wrong when he’s arrested for the rape and murder of their children. Fascinating movie.


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