Danny Webster’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ever just thought the whole world is against you?
I decided to watch We Need to Talk About Kevin purely since it intrigued me, not because I'm a sick bastard who likes to see massacre on the screen (I do, but that's just out of context) but because after studying the shit out of serial killers and killers in general, it seemed like an exploration of the psyche of a teenage killer but furthermore of the mother of this killer.
Tilda Swinton plays this mother, to what I can only describe as perfection. She plays Eva as the mother who tries to come to terms with her son Kevin and the massacre he committed at his high school. There are explorations of such themes such as optimism, dreams being crushed and the whole coined phrase "nature versus nurture" which are all explored meticulously through obvious symbolism and equivocation, the latter is done so well as the film so easily could have veered off on an exploitative viewing of Kevin's massacre.
Fortunately Lynne Ramsey depiction of the shocking story is done really well and the films further exploration of the mother/son relationship poses serious questions to the viewers. Although Tilda Swinton is perfect in her role, it it easy to dismiss the the roles of the numerous young actors who play Kevin - each of them are gloriously evil and each of them act really well. Unfortunately John C. Reilly as the father is practically left in the background but this isn't the worst possible outcome as his role as Franklin is clearly not the most important.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a brave, shocking film that uses its rambling narrative and use of the colour red as a symbolic metaphor to really hammer home its message and to be quite frank(lin), this film will stay with me for a while.