We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin ★★½

Good performance from Tilda Swinton, the mother of an Omen-like child who grows up to be a psychopathic, uncommunicative nut.

Trouble is, there isn't enough here for a viewer to care about. The mother cannot bond with her child and may have long-term depressive and/or emotional needs.

After 'the incident' Kevin is incarcerated and his mother is ostracised by the women of her neighbourhood, but is this really her just desserts for poor parenting? And what of the father who doted on his son, or just missed the signs that something was badly wrong?

I liked the flashback structure, the silence, the music soundtrack, the slow pace - but by the end I feel just a little cheated that there wasn't more there.

Shriver's novel with its letter structure is hard to imagine translated to the screen, and I don't think this film has quite achieved it.