Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What would you do if you suspected that your six year old son was an evil sociopath? (Are there any other kind?) I know what I would do...Lock him away and throw away the key.
Unfortunately, this is not what Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) in 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' does. In fact, Eva does absolutely nothing and that's a decision that will haunt her until the day she dies.
I have to say that watching this intensely disturbing film, directed by Lynne Ramsey and based on a novel by Lionel Shriver, I found myself growing more and more frustrated and more and more angry with Miss Eva. I wanted to scream at her...Lady, your child needs help...How can you not see that!?!
If ever there was a film that proves that someone can be born evil, this one is it.
'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a raw, powerful, super intense portrayal of a psychologically twisted child and a totally clueless mother and father.
The film is filled with flashbacks, dripping in the color red.
We meet Kevin at all stages of his life... First, a 24 hour screaming at the top of his lungs baby, then as a manipulative, angry, six year old (Jasper Newell) who turns into a rage filled toddler (Rock Duer) and finally...We see Kevin as a full blown, ready for the mental institution, teenager (Ezra Miller).
By the way, all the actors portraying Kevin at various stages of his life give chilling performances.
Once upon a time, Eva lived in a very lovely home, with a husband and a daughter. She had a successful career as a travel writer. But there was always... Kevin.
Now, Eva lives in a broken down bungalow, works at a store front travel agency and is hated by her neighbors. Her house is pelted with eggs and paint. She gets slapped by a stranger. Eva thinks she deserves this punishment... Maybe some of us will think it as well. After all, her son is responsible for a high school massacre and she still visits him in prison. Ah... a mother's love!
Tilda Swinton... well there are several words that come to mind... starting with breathtaking and ending with mesmerizing. I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Her performance is so complex, so complete... so perfect. Swinton's face, without moving a muscle, conveys a lifetime of emotion.
Is 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' entertaining? Absolutely not. Is it an important, powerful, must-see film? Absolutely.
The 'Two Jews On Film' once again disagrees, but not entirely... We both know that come Oscar time, Tilda Swinton's name will be right up there in the Best Actress category.
I gave this film four and a half bagels out of five. John... well, he wasn't as generous. Check out our video to see what he thought.
"We Need To Talk About Kevin' opens in theatres Friday January 20, 2012.