We Need to Talk About Kevin
I am a huge fan of 'dark' films, and We Need to Talk About Kevin more than passes that test. It also possesses a truly genuine emotional core. If I had to describe this film, I'd say it's a thriller about relationships wrapped in a horror shell. Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a new mother to an unplanned child who seems born with a pre-disposed distaste for his own mother. The film jumps around throughout the first 17 years of Kevin's life and we see the grueling life Eva struggles to endure as she is psychologically tormented by her own child.
Eva: Haven't you ever wished you had somebody else around to play with?
Kevin (age 6): No.
Eva: You might like it.
Kevin: What if I don't like it?
Eva: Then you get used to it.
Kevin: Just because you're used to something doesn't mean you like it. You're used to me.
This film has some of the best cinematography I've seen of late. The imagery in Kevin is absolutely astounding, and is made even more effective by some top-notch sound design. Additionally, the editing does a fantastic job of weaving a web of mystery throughout the film. We don't quite know exactly what has happened and what's to come--as the narrative timeline jumps around constantly--yet it never feels convoluted or confusing.
For anyone interested in the darker side of the human condition and looking for an intense thrill ride with incredible production value all around, I cannot recommend We Need to Talk About Kevin highly enough.
Verdict: Highly Recommended
Best Features: Absolutely stunning cinematography, intense performances, stellar editing and fantastic sound design.