We Need to Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear
Based on: Lionel Shriver’s novel
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich
Two years after her son Kevin (Ezra Miller) shot 9 people in his school, Eva (Tilda Swinton) is slowly coming to terms with what happened then and the part she might have played in this shooting. Slowly she unrolls her entire life with Kevin and the mounting tension with her husband Franklin (John C. Reilly) as Eva grows more and more suspicious of Kevin, even as a toddler.
Since I loved the book as much as I did, the movie had its work cut out for itself. Fortunately, Lynne Ramsay is really up to the task and has made not only a great adaptation, but also a wonderful film.
Of course, there had to be some changes from the book. The story had to be shortened and some things that work in the book, wouldn’t work on screen. Ramsay managed to filter these things out and made an excellent adaptation that is faithful to the book, even if it isn’t completely the same in all details.
Sometimes the script might have been a little too subtle. But the only scene were that didn’t work out for me was the scene where Kevin’s arm gets broken. [SPOILER] In the book it’s made clear that after Eva throws Kevin across the room and breaks his arm, he basically rewards her for that and for keeping quite about it by losing the diapers. In the movie it seems more like violence is the only way Eva can get through to Kevin and she just needs to hit him to have him act the way she wants him to. [/SPOILER] But that’s a minor thing and open to interpretation.
The cast was absolutely fantastic. I expected nothing less of Tilda Swinton who really was the perfect choice for the role. My goodness, that woman is awesome. But John C. Reilly was great, too. And I was just blown away by Ezra Miller. So young and still incredibly creepy and sexy* at the same time.
I could just go on gushing about this film. Instead you should just go ahead and watch it yourself. And read the book.
Summarising: Totally recommended.
*Ezra Miller now brings my list of guys who are even sexy in their teens up to two entries. (The other guy is Aaron Johnson.) I feel like a dirty old woman.