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We Need To Talk About Kevin (DVD)
Member Name: MikeBorry
We Need To Talk About Kevin (DVD)
Advantages: Compelling watch, interesting.
Disadvantages: None as such but felt it was missing something?
~ We Need To Talk About Kevin ~
*Film only review*
I was flicking through Sky Anytime last night when I came across this film. I had never heard of it before and up until writing this reveiw I was unaware that the film is based on a book of the same name - We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver which was released in 2003 and subsequently went on to win the 2005 Orange Prize.
It was adapted to film only recently in 2011.
I had only the brief Sky sypnosis to go by which didn't tell me very much at all really, so I watched this film in the hope that it would be good and enjoyable.
Tilda Swinton plays the main character Eva Khatchadourian. For this part she was nominated for various different awards and went onto win quite a few. She stars alongside John C. Reilly who plays her husband Franklin. Eva and Franklin's relationship seems to be a good one and there are no obvious arguments, they seem pretty solid.
The beginning of the film was quite boring and for at least seven minutes there was some quite music being played and various scenes. This didn't really give much insight into the film and I found this bit hard to understand and hard to follow. Yet despite this it did keep me intruigied to find out what the film was going to be about.
The film follows a pattern of Eva's emerging memories, so we see the now, the past and how life was for her through the various stages and of course back to the now. It's a rather interesting layout and watching this film and finding out that there is a book I think it is one I would like to read.
We see Eva and Franklins relationship devolp and she gets pregnant, scenes here suggest to me that she wasn't enjoying her pregnancy and wasn't your typical blooming mother to be, and after giving birth to baby Kevin she doesn't seem all that maternal and mum and baby don't seem to be bonding very well.
I think people will have their own opinions on this but to me it seems that the baby has picked up on Eva's feelings and whilst she is going through the motions she just doesn't seem to connect with Kevin very well. Franklin on the other hand appears to have formed quite a good bond with Kevin and in a way Eva seems a little resentful of this, which is totally understanding.
As a toddler Kevins dislike of his mother becomes more apparant.
In one scene we see Eva decorting her home office in old maps she leaves briefly to answer the phone and upon her return we see that Kevin has taken his water pistol and filled it with ink, the results are not good!
As you can imagine Eva is less than impressed and things takes a downwards spiral and an incident occurs.
After this we do see a different side to Eva and Kevins relationship where he tries to protect his mother.
At this point I was wondering why Eva has chosen to work from home. I think the situation would have been much improved had Franklin stayed home and Eva work elsewhere. This was something I wondered through the whole film!
Franklin seems to effortlessly gain Kevins love and respect and he teaches him how to fire a crossbow in the garden and this is where his love of archery begins. The archery seems to be Kevins way to let off steam and he is often seen in the garden.
As the story moves on Eva and Franklin give Kevin a baby sister named Celia, whilst pregnant with Celia, Eva tries to explain to Kevin how babies come about and this conversation turns into something else. The way Kevin speaks is quite shocking and quite old, yet Eva seems to simply answer his question without much thought.
Of course you would expect any new baby to bring a bit of jelousy which is apparent in the film but not in a severe way just the normal stuff.
Kevin doesn't go out of his way to please his sister and Celia hints at the sometimes nasty things he says to her yet it all just seems in the way that siblings do!
Unlike Kevin Celia is a happy loving child and Eva seems a totally different person with her as to what she is/was like with Kevin.
The only time in the film that we see any show of affection between Eva and Kevin is when he is ill. It is at this time he seems to be a normal little boy, yet this sadly doesn't last and Eva's hopes are dashed.
We see Eva trying to get through to Kevin yet all her efforts are rejected, as a teenager she tries again yet is seems too little too late.
It seems that nobody other than Eva see's just how troubled Kevin is, and even though Kevin directs his anger at Eva I find it strange how Franklin just doesn't seem to pick up on it!
I really don't understand why they - Eva and Franklin didn't push the doctors for more help with Kevin or even go for a second opinion when the first doctor says he is fine.
I am a mother and I know that if my son was to behave the way that Kevin did then I would surely seek out any help I could find!!!
As a baby he cried, as a toddler he wasn't very pleasant, the same as a child and again as a teenager. As a teen he just seems overly sulky and miserable and not very nice!
Eva's life now in the film is completely different as to how it used to be, the events of the past have changed her life so much and you can see that she feels partly to blame for how Kevin turned out.
Tilda Swinton was fantastic, the emotions portrayed were so real and she just generally played the part effortlessly.
John C. Reilly portrayed the character with ease yet I would have liked to see more of him.
Little Ashley Gerasimovich who plays Celia was fab, she is a fine little actress.
And as for the actors who play Kevin, well they are simply outstanding. They all play the part in such compelling ways.
Rocky Duer played Kevin as a toddler.
Jasper Newell as 6-8yr old Kevin.
Ezra Miller as Teen Kevin.
I think they all played the part so well.
My overall opinion ~
Whilst I did enjoy the film I do feel there are parts that could have made more sense in a way and I feel that the film could have been better. The acting however was superb, they played the parts brilliantly.
I just feel that there could have been a bit more to the film. I don't know why but it was a little bit slow maybe.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Summary: A rather strange tale.