We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin ★★★★½


In second viewing—Lynne Ramsay’s masterful, unsettling puzzle-like portrait of a mentally-deteriorated mother is still chillingly compelling and wildly blistering, thanks to Swinton’s tour-de-force performance. This film, in a non-linear fashion, follows the story of Eva and her tragic life with her son whose commitment to a mass shooting incident cause her to lose self-worth, and become an instant pariah in her community. The trickiness of the subject and how the film is built are hard to pull off, but Ramsay compels in a refreshing, unique way, in my opinion.

If you take Swinton and Miller out of the picture, then the film will ran out of glue. Swinton (one of my favorite cinematic goddess) is simply EXQUISITE in this. Eva is such a complicated character, but Swinton’s layered depth and sincerity made it easy for us to connect with her. Equally terrific is Ezra Miller in an unnerving performance as the mass shooter Kevin. As psychopath as he is, Miller grounds his character with unending fervor and hidden vulnerability which is totally unforgettable. His last scene with Eva is exceptional in every word. The direction of Ramsay is as crisp and intense as the film's screenplay which was adapted from Lionel Shriver’s same novel. Overall, this is a masterful character-driven dark psychological drama that benefits from its virtuosic performances from the supreme Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller.

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