We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

Written By: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear (screenplay) and Lionel Shriver (novel)

Starring: Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly


Every parents’ worst nightmare is having an asshole for a child.


I was immediately drawn into this movie by the timeline jumping around like a hypoglycemic child hopped up on sugar. It was a great vehicle that set a rather disturbing tone. There were moments where they would dangle just enough info that kept me wondering how everything would unfold.

I was pleasantly surprised with how artistic this film was in its use of a remotely avant-garde shooting style and interesting editing. They did just enough of this to straddle the line of cinematic beauty while maintaining a popular appeal. The use of imagery was overt but effective and added to the tension. Unfortunately, it didn’t do so well at the box office, which is a shame because it was decent.

Tilda Swinton was captivating to watch. She played a complex character that underwent several transitions in her lifetime. The part of the son was played by several different child/teen actors which they did a great job of casting. The only strange casting choice was John C. Reilly. The part called for a banal performance but once again his face and voice are way too funny and I didn’t feel like laughing while watching this movie.

This film is a great conversation starter and would be a hit at any soirée. Potential discussion topics could include: nature vs. nurture, gender roles in parenting and my personal favourite, effective methods of toilet training.

Problem: Terrible title

Mood for watching: Terrified

What to eat and drink: Jam sandwich and tomato juice

If I made it: The son would have his midriff covered

Why watch: Creepy kids


5 thoughts on “We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

  1. Al, we find ourselves watching our way through your blog picks. This movie was amazing, terrifying and makes the prospect of having children even scarier. I get John C. Reily cast opposite Tilda Swinton – someone soft to balance out her sharp angles, both in appearance and in the portrayal of the characters. And no one plays a chump quite like he can (Magnolia and Chicago come to mind). Thanks for bringing this one to our attention – though if I decide not to have kids, it is this movie’s fault… 🙂

  2. I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a while ever since I read the book, which really blew me away. However, the book also creeped the shit out of me, and left me thinking about the topic long after I’d finished it, and I’m worried the film will do the same! haha

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