With great performances and a stylish blend of horror and drama, We Need to talk About Kevin will indeed make you talk as soon as the credits roll, or just leave you speechless.
The movie tells the story of Eva (Tilda Swinton) as she deals with the aftermath of her son’s (Kevin played by Ezra Miller) destructive behavior. Through a series of flashbacks the movie explores their relationship to see the cause – Eva’s guilt is stacked against Kevin’s own behavior, bringing up the ultimate question of Nature vs. Nurture.
The movie is an engrossing thriller with excellent performances by the cast but Tilda Swinton definitely stands out from the rest with her subtle yet harrowing performance. The movie opens with Eva trying to move on with her life while wrestling with her guilt. She doesn’t say much, but you can clearly see it on her face. Through dreamlike sequences, the film looks back at the internal conflict between the mother and son posing a question to the audience – is it Eva’s dissent or Kevin’s innate malevolence that made him into a sociopath? The plot moves back and forth between the past and the present, giving the audience plenty of clues to figure things out, but craftily edited in a certain way that it doesn’t diminish its impact in the end.
The audience will definitely talk about Kevin afterwards but it will be Tilda Swinton’s performance that will make a lasting impression. This is a good creepy film that will definitely leave you with something to think about.
My Rating: 9/10