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A slow paced film but an invoking film about parenting!
We Need To Talk About Kevin (DVD)
Member Name: MsTricia
We Need To Talk About Kevin (DVD)
Advantages: very thought provoking and amazing acting
Disadvantages: slow paced and easy to lose interest if you haven't read the book
***Film Only Review***
Today was my day off and having recorded the film off Sky Anytime a few weeks ago I vowed myself that I would finally sit down and watch it. To be honest I had very high expectations having read the book ages ago and found it very slow paced, not in any way exhilerating or captive and a very sombre reading experience to be quite frank. However, my friend raved about the film and I heard the main actress (Tilda Swinton) won a golden globe award for her performance and gave a stunning delivery of the troubled and now widowed mother Eva Katchadourian due to her son Kevin's actions. Whilst I agree she does an amazing and outstanding job and is undoubtedly convincing in her role the rest of the film in it's entirety lacks any oomph and I simply found myself wanting to fall asleep!
- Plot -
Readers of the book and people aware of the basic premise of the film will be aware that it revolves around Kevin; the antagonist of the film who seems troubled, antisocial (to say the least!) and a sociopath, who has committed a massacre at his school. (Amongst other murderous crimes!) The film revolves around flashbacks of Eva, prior to being pregnant with a child she never really wanted or welcomed, scenes throughout his childhood and the birth of their second child Celia, and scenes post the event when she now works at Travel agent and she is trying to readjust to her new lonely life.
- My Opinion -
I found the film jumped around too sporadically, and viewers who hadn't read the book or had any concept of the topic of the film would instantly lose interest after the first 5 minutes. There are a lot of irrelevant scenes in which people are jumping around in tomatoes (eh?) and it doesn't convey well her past as an affluent Travel writer and how much of an adventurous free spirit she used to be and exactly how Kevin brought her down as is a lot more evident from the book. The film does an excellent job at questioning all parenting and the "innate" nature we all assume mothers are born with. It is clear Eva is unable to cope with a constantly crying baby, and he is purposely awkward as he grows by not speaking, refusing to be potty trained and coming across as a compulsive liar. What mother could really put up with this when their own child does not give any affection, says he hates you every day and gets joy from hurting others? I totally sympathised with Eva throughout the film and yearned for her to be happy and be rid and free from the weight Kevin bore on her shoulders making her life miserable. Even after conviction she tried to be a doting mother and visit him in prison but it is clear even these visits are forced and strenuous.
The actors of Kevin both as a child and as a disturbed teen are outstanding and deserve recognition, but I just feel a slightly better orchestrated film and fluency to the storyline would have done it far more justice.
Summary: don't buy the dvd definitely watch on tv if you have the patience