My roommate Brandon just sat me down and had me watch “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. I have been dodging this film for a long while. Mainly because I remember when my grandmother was reading the book. When she described the story to me, I remember tears appearing in her eyes and a shaking in her voice. But more shockingly this was a reaction of complete fear. I literally have no words to properly describe how this felt but it told me to stay away from this thing. Because the next time I would see this look, it would be the look I saw in my own mothers eyes when she came to my apartment to tell me that she had to put our family dog down. Also this book had appeared right around the time that school shootings where an all too common headline. The fear caused by the constant drilling and intensified security made it an all too relative concept for a high schooler in 2006. Could it have been that the look in my grandmother’s eyes was for me? What if I ended up one of Kevin’s victims? Or even Kevin!
This movie brought right back all those sorts of emotion from me to the point where I must add this to my list of my personal top 10 scariest non-horror movies, a list I’ll have to type up for you guys soon. There’s just something about this movie that just oozes pure evil. That something is Kevin, played by Ezra Miller and Jasper Newell as the young Kevin. This guy is the perfect villain. The one you’re stuck with. The one you can’t just eliminate and get away with it. And the worst part is that he has a hobby and his hobby is just to fuck with you and push you to your absolute limits. If he feels you’re getting too comfy he reminds you exactly what he’s capable of. Even after he accomplishes his worst he’s thoroughly proud of himself. This is like the Joker’s teenage year’s, I’m serious.
Tilda Swinton plays his poor mother amazingly well. My roommate and I seem to disagree on her character motivations though. He read the book and he says that the problem was that she didn’t want a child. Thus provoking Kevin’s behavior. While I can see his point and I don’t doubt him for a second, I argue that the character motivations are different in the movie and I’m basing that simply from what I was seeing from the film. From the film she seemed to just know from the very beginning that there was something wrong with this child. I just think there’s a clear separation between film and source material. Because you can’t rely on your entire audience to have first read the book. I hadn’t, so this is what my first impression is. Either way Tilda was just fantastic and you could feel and share her fear with her. I can’t stress enough how much she deserved that nomination.
John C. Reily is always a pleasure to see, only his character was the typical sort of “no, dear. You’re just going nuckin’ futs” sort of character. Ashley Gerasimovich was Kevin’s adorable little sister whom I grew very attached to cuz she reminded me of my little siblings. And, let’s be honest guys, kids getting hurt is always a horrible, evil, fucked up thing and it’s really difficult to watch. But on a lighter note! Siobhan Fallon Hogan popped up as Tilda’s coworker Wanda. Siobhan will always be the wife of the Roachy Guy from Men In Black. It’s a tough movie to swallow so be sure that you have tissues or a pillow or something. It’s the first that I’ve seen from the director Lynne Ramsay, so I’m anxious to check out some more of her work.