We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin ★★★★

Kevin is a monster and no mistake. But how did he get that way? That is the question posed, but never really answered, in Lynne Ramsay's stunning new film, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN which she and Rory Kinnear have adapted from Lionel Shriver's book. We know that as a baby he cried a lot and then developed the outward signs of autism, though he was never diagnosed as such. Could it be that Kevin was just simply evil or did a lack of maternal affection as an infant turn him into a killer. Ramsay's film has a fractured narrative that is all the more powerful for drawing us into Kevin's fractured world and two superb performances from Tilda Swinton as the mother unable to cope and Ezra Miller as the teenage killer while Jasper Newell is also very good as the younger Kevin.