Do you ever just scroll through the randomness on Netflix and find a diamond in the rough? Well I did last night.
‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is a movie that I have heard of, mostly because of Tilda Swinton, but I have never met anybody who has seen it. The plot synopsis wherever you look doesn’t give a lot away, and I won’t either. This movie, told out of sequence, is about a woman and her relationship with her son’s personality while also being forced to question her own. That sounds like a pretty lame attempt to explain the story, but it’s just better to experience it for yourself.
Tilda Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe for her roll in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ and it is warranted. There is surprisingly little dialogue, but her face and body language often says more than the words she’s speaking. There are so many nuanced things that Swinton adds, that make up a complex performance. A young Ezra Miller is also in this movie as Kevin, and my god he can be a creepy guy.
I will say that when you start watching this movie, you may want to turn it off and go back to watching ‘Captain America: Civil War’, but just stick with it. I thought that it was just going to be way too artsy for my uncultured brain to comprehend, but instead all of the camera work and imagery is there for a reason and is easily understood.
I think that this is a hugely overlooked movie, and forces you to ponder nature vs. nurture, personalities, and our own judgement of other’s lives. I really do think that this is an important movie that everybody should take the hour and half to watch.