TO the women next to me who complained We Need To Talk About Kevin was “two hours of misery”: You missed the point.
Those who had read Lionel Shriver’s best-selling novel of the same name would have known director Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation was going to be heavy going. What this is, is a brilliant piece of cinema.
The film tells the story of Eva Khatchadourian, played by Tilda Swinton, trying to deal with the horror of her son Kevin (Ezra Miller), brutally murdering several fellow high school students in a horrific massacre.
The narrative moves frantically between Kevin’s childhood, the night of the violence and Eva’s current life.
The main focus is Eva’s guilt as she looks back on her son’s upbringing in an attempt to identify how her baby boy turned into a monster. Swinton is terrific as the mother who cannot comprehend why her Kevin did what he did, trying to gauge what more she could have done.
See The Visitor, December 6, for the full review