We Need to Talk About Kevin ★★★★

We Need to Talk About Kevin is hard to watch. It's raw and uncomfortable throughout, not shying away from tackling a hard-hitting subjects. Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller, are absolutely top notch, and although John C. Reilly is good, he doesn't feel like he played a role that's as significant as his fellow two cast members and is largely wasted. Despite that, the whole film itself remains an incredibly powerful experience.

The film handles the characters well, exploring their decisions and the consequences of them in a way that only Lynne Ramsay could. The soundtrack is used more sparingly than Ramsay's other work, and whilst I prefer Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher to We Need to Talk About Kevin, it is impossible to deny that this is nothing less than an incredibly powerful film.

Even though the film doesn't show any of the acts that Kevin committed on screen, which was an incredibly good choice We Need to Talk About Kevin still feels incredibly shocking and brutal. It's not an easy watch, that's for sure. Its choice to split up the narrative and flash backwards and forwards through time is well played and doesn't feel overly convoluted, and the use of colour is particularly noticeable in this film as Ramsay uses it to great effect.

You Were Never Really Here can't come out on Blu-Ray quickly enough. I'm so annoyed that it never aired in any cinema near me. It's definitely going to be a day one purchase.

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