We Need To Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk about Kevin stars the terrific Tilda Swinton as a mom who has a very difficult time relating to her son. The implication is that she didn’t probably want to be pregnant and didn’t really necessarily want to be a mom. It’s a little hard to tell philosophically where the movie is, whether this kid, her son Kevin, is really the bad seed or that she was just an unloving mother who didn’t know how to deal with him. John C. Reilly plays her husband, and he’s somewhat miscast. He just doesn’t fit with the rest of the cast. All three of the kids who play Kevin at different ages are terrific in terms of being sullen, hateful children who like Daddy but hate Mommy. The little girl who plays his sister, who is really more a prop than anything else, is fine. You know what’s going to happen, and if you remember Our Beautiful Boy, it’s a similar story. You know it’s going to happen; it just takes a long time to get there. The images are terrifying and a lot is done in flashback. It is very effective in creating a sense of doom and menace, and we don’t know exactly why Tilda is so unhappy. Three stars.