Weekend Round-Up – Blu-Ray Review – We Need To Talk About Kevin
A bit of a change in pace this weekend in FRC Towers, the family is back so Film watching is at a minimum, but we did take in Kevin…
So all is back to normal now. My girls are all back from Wales and a family visit and home with me again. To be honest what sounds like a dream for a married man, a week home alone with no women there to rule you isn’t actually as cool as you think. I quickly got bored with watching films. the horror, and was going to bed increasingly early every night. One night I was actually in bed by 7pm!! Which is madness.
It was nice to have the break, but it was a HELL of a lot nicer to have them back. I really missed them all.
Anyway they arrived back at FRC Towers on Saturday and settled back in to routine nicely with trashy weekend TV and games. Pearly (who is 4) is a demon at bingo, I am so letting her pick the lottery numbers this weekend!! She is probably the luckiest person I have ever met!
We did manage to watch one film this weekend, the brilliant and rudely SHUNNED ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. Not the lightest fo films to watch but it certainly makes you realise that maybe when your kid is having a tantrum, nothing is going to be as bad as Kevin. I have taken on board though that I am NEVER buying my girls a Bow and Arrow…. EVER!!
Here is my review…
We Need To Talk About Kevin
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (or Kevin as I am going to call it from now on as I am lazy) deals with a tragedy. But rather than talking about the weepier side of the story, KEVIN takes us on a journey with an inherent evil. The title character is almost over-the-top evil, he is the negative force in Eva’s everyday life, taking the word BRAT to a whole new level. You almost feel like he is going to unleash some Damian style supernatural madness, but Damian he is not, Kevin however is a much more real and therefore scarier manifestation of pure evil.
From the opening sequence of the film with Tilda Swinton being completely doused with over ripe tomatoes in the Tomatina Festival in Spain, I became consumed by the story. The rich imagery and colours are so intoxicating that is hard not to be. We are then thrown from this jubilent and vibrant life to the present which is very different indeed. Eva now lives clearly on the wrong side of town, all aspects of her former life are gone, except the primary RED, but it is not tomato juice now, it is in the form of painted curse words all over the front of her house. How is it that her life went from one extreme to the other? Oh yes, she had Kevin…
Tilda Swinton is mind-blowing in her performance as Eva in Lynne Ramsey’s adaptation of Lionel Shrivers novel. Eva was once a successful travel agent who would travel the world with her husband, Franklin played by John C. Reilly. Like most couples the next step is to have a child, enter KEVIN. Soon they find themselves moving out of New York into the suburbs in search of a better life. But Eva could not seem to find happiness, she struggled to connect with her son, played in his teenage form by Ezra Miller. Not only could she not connect, but she started to fear that there was something wrong with him, he seemed to be particularly spiteful and it was all directed at her. It is a hard watch for anyone, but especially as a parent. She loves him but she hates him at the same time, and to be honest I think Eva is a saint for giving him so many chances.
The film slowly reveals to use through a progression of flashbacks the demise of Eva’s happiness and Kevin’s rise as Evil incarnate. It is a modern take on a very familiar Horror story. I really enjoyed the slow burning aspect of the film, we know Kevin has done something terrible, but we do not know what it is. All we know is that it has ruined Eva’s life but she refuses to give up on her son.
Some may find the constant moving between past and present confusing, it does make it hard to grab on to the narrative, but I feel this is representative to the fractured state of Eva’s mind. In trying to piece the puzzle together you have to ask yourself the question… Is Kevin’s behavior the fault of his Mother? Or is he just pure evil? Is it Nature? Or is it Nurture? It begs the question also that are some apple just bad, and cannot be saved?
This film should be shown at schools as part of the sexual education programme, it certainly puts you off having kids!!
The 1080p transfer is truly beautiful. The vibrant red that is evident through the duration of the film is so vibrant that it almost feels 3D. Also the DTSHD:MA soundtrack really makes stunning use of the complete soundstage, with Kevin whispering from over your shoulder and making you feel very uneasy indeed!!
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN IS RELEASED ON BLU-RAY AND DVD IN UK ON 27TH FEBRUARY 2012 BY ARTIFICIAL EYE
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer.
Have you seen this film? What did you get up to this weekend? Comment below…